Bremo Octo. 6. 1827
Yours of the 24. Ulto. upon the subject of Mr. Longs appointment in the University of London, and communicating his wish to be released from his engagement to us after the expiration of the present course of Lectures at the University of Virginia, came duly to hand.
There is but one view of the subject, which produces a moments hesitation upon my part, in a prompt & full compliance with Mr. Longs wish; and that is, the doubt of his being able, in the proposed shortened period of his stay with us, to prepare one of the Alumni of our University to succeed him: But as desirable as it would be to me, to secure this object, I would forego it, rather than keep Mr. L at the risk of disappointing him in securing in England the means of a permanent comfortable subsistence. With high respect & Esteem. I am Sir Yours Obedient Servant
John H. Cocke
Montpellier13 Octr. 1827.
I concur in the views of Genl. Cocke as expressed in the preceding letter.
Joseph C. Cabell
RC (DLC); draft (ViU). RC docketed by James Madison. Draft misdated 8 Oct.