Wm. & Mary College Dec: 17. 1827.
In pursuance of the duty which has devolved on us. By the concurring voice of the Society which has been recently established at this College, and which has honoured itself so much as to take Your name, we in the name of the Society do acquaint You of Your having been elected an Honorary Member of its Body, provided You will confer upon it such a mark of Your esteem as to accept of this [ ] title, and likewise wishing it to be doubly distinguished, we would request Your excellency to send us a motto suitable to the same with Your Birth day annexed—
We would feel some delicacy in troubling You so much, but Confident of Yr. regard for all literary institions, and knowing that You have been so much famed throughout the union for the patronage which You were allways ready and willing to extend, to the disseminations of knowledge that delicacy vanishes, and we with due respect ask of You to transmit us these emblems of Yr: regard. Yr’s Respectfully
Ro: C. Jones
Jas: M. Jeffries
Jas: P. Henderson
RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). Docketed by James Madison: "Jones Ro: C. Jones."