Bremo Feb. 23. 1828
I received yours of the 9. Inst. covering Mr. Egans letter, & the accompanying recommendations of him, for Mr. Longs Chair. As I shall have no opportunity of placing these papers in the hands of our Colleagues but through the post, which I agree with you might be hazardous, I shall take the safer course of placing them in the custody of the Secretary to the Board of Visitors, at my next visit to Charlottesville.
I wrote you soon after my late return from Richmond—and omitted to advert to one of the subjects you referr’d to us in Richmond—You will be at no loss to know, I mean, the proposal of the Faculty to shorten the term of the Chairmans Office—Both our Colleagues disapproved the proposition, and I agree with them. For my own part, I have become more confirmd in my former opinion by this proceeding of the Faculty, that we shall be finally oblig’d to give them a permanent head—I am, Dear Sir, Yours with high regard & Esteem
John. H. Cocke
RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.