James Madison Papers

James Madison to George Long, 3 November 1827

Novr. 3. [1827]

Dr. Sir

My communication with the other Visitors necessarily retarded by their scattered & distant situations was unfortunately still further delayed, by four of their letters having entered mail for Montpr in Vermont. I am at length authorized to confirm my anticipation of the regret of the prospect of losing your valuable services at the University; and their particular regret that your separation from it shd. be an object with you, before the expiration of the stipulated term. Aware at the same time of the strong inducements held out to you by the new & distinguished Institution in your own Country, and sensible of the praiseworthy course observed by you on the occasion, they are unwilling to insist vigorously on your engagement here at the expence of your prospects there. But they are induced to hope that the circumstances of the London University and the kind dispositions of its Trustees may lead to an indulgent arrangement not incompatible with your continuance beyond the period at which you wish to be released, and even to the end of the engagement itself. They do not doubt that the effort to bring abt. such an arrangement, will accord as well with your dispositions, as with their views, and in order to aid the effort on your part The Minister of the U.S. in G. B. will be desired to communicate with the London Trustees, on the subject, in the way most likely to engage their favorable attention to it.

Draft (DLC). With the note "on the subject of your several letters" in the top margin.

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