James Madison Papers

Nicholas P. Trist to James Madison, 2 August 1828

University, Saturday evening. Aug. 2. 28.

Dear Sir

The packet which goes by the same mail contains, I believe, all the papers you desired me to send. I enclose a copy of the only resolution which it is necessary you should at once have under your eye: one of the journal, at length, I will send as soon as I can make it out. The acceptance of Dr Patterson which you will see noticed in today’s advocate, we have from Dr. Dunglison, who got a letter yesterday.

We are all well at the Mountain, except my grandmother, & hope, as we have heard no complaints, that yourself & Mrs Madison have escaped better than we apprehended. With affectionate adieux

N. P. Trist

Another death, within gun shot, almost, of the University. A miss Maury. Dr D. was sent for yesterday morning, in consultation, and at once pronounced her doom. Disease--the same.

As to Dr P’s desire to have Mr Long’s pavilion—which indeed seems to be a sine qua non—I should suppose there could be no difficulty about it. There are already two precedents of Professors’ selecting their pavilion: Dr Emmet & Mr Bonnycastle.

Mr Long’s pavilion contains:

Down-stairs--two very large rooms with fire places, one of which was originally intended for the lecture room, and has been used as such by Mr L; but may, after the example of the other Professors, be appropriated to private purposes. It is susceptible of being partitioned.

Up-stairs. Three very comfortable rooms with fire places—one of them corresponding to the large drawing room down stairs.

Besides the pavilion, there are the two adjacent dormitorie[s] which, under a general provision of the board, the professor may appropriate on paying $16 yearly rent a piece.

RC (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book). Docketed by James Madison.

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