James Madison Papers

James Madison to Robert M. Patterson, 4 August 1828

Montpellier Aug 4. 1828

Dear Sir

I have duly received your letter of the 28th. ult: communicating your acceptance of the Chair of Natural Philosophy in the University of Virginia; and with a pleasure which I am sure will be equally felt by all the other Visitors.

There will be no objection to the assignment you wish of the Pavilion lately occupied by Professor Long; and I learn from the Proctor that it will be in readiness for your reception at a very early day.

I am not authorized to encourage an expectation that the expence of your removal will be borne by the University; nor could I express more than an individual opinion on the case of the Philosophical Instruments to which you allude.

As Montpellier will be on your presumed route to the University, we flatter ourselves you will not fail to make it a Stage, and afford us a pleasure which will be doubled by the opportunity of welcoming Mrs. Patterson along with you. I pray you to be assured, Sir, of my great esteem & my best wishes

James Madison

RC (NjGbS); FC (DLC).

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