Bremo Octo. 12. 1827
Hearing from our Colleague Mr. Johnson, that Doctor Patterson of Phila. had declined being a candidate for our vacant professorship, whose claims to our consideration have hitherto kept me suspended in regard to Dr. Jones, I now hasten to give my assent to the immediate appointment of the latter Gentleman.
Mr. Johnson mentions, that he has not consented to release Mr Long from his engagement to us at the end of the present course, but on condition that we could in the mean time procure a fit successor. Upon reflection I am inclined to think this is placing the matter upon a better footing than the unconditional assent, I at first felt disposed to yeild.
Is there not full time to avail ourselves of Mr. Longs agency in engaging a scholar from Cambridge or Oxford, as the shortened period of his proposed stay with us, seems to preclude the hope of having one of our Students qualified for the place? With high respect & Esteem, I am Dr. Sir yours truly
John H. Cocke
RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.