James Madison Papers

John Hartwell Cocke to James Madison, 4 January 1828

Bremo Jany: 4. 1828

Dear Sir

I returned yesterday from Charlottesville, & hasten to acknowledge the receipt of your package, containing several letters from Candidates for Mr. Longs Chair, together with your own, written under the impression that there would be a meeting of the Board of Visitors, the 10th of last Month.

As there is now no immediate prospect of a meeting of the Board, I shall take the papers above mentioned along with me to Richmond, which place I expect to reach on the 14th. Inst. and to remain there 12 or 15 days. As Mr. Johnson & Mr. Cabell will be there also, we can transmit you the result of our joint deliberation upon them, or any others you will forward to that place, within the time above mentioned.

That you may be informed of the State of Doctor Jones’ expectations, & the state of our negociation with him, I enclose herein a letter I lately recd. from him, & a copy of my answer.

When I left the University yesterday, the Lectures had not been resumed, chiefly, in consequence of the absence of many of the Students, but, in part, because some of the professors have not found their extension of the vacation from two to three weeks sufficient for their purposes.

I hope the late alarm to the Hotel keepers, together with the more advantageous footing upon which, the retained, now stand, will produce a salutary change in their characters & standing—otherwise, we shall still be under the painful necessity of dissolving our connnection with some of them. With best wishes for your health, I am, Sir Yours with high regard & Esteem

John H. Cocke sen.


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