James Madison Papers

M. L. Tracie to James Madison, 7 August 1828

Brown’s Hotel Washington City 7 of August 1828.


My long and wearying journey from New York to the University of Va. ended in a severe bilious fever a few days after my arrival in this City, from which I am now but slowly recovering. From the number of applications for the Chair of Ancient languages vacated by Mr. Long, and the great support some were said to recieve from high authority, I despaired of success on my part, and was returning to New York with the intention of going back to my own Country, when I was thrown on my bed by fever. As I am uninformed of the particular ground on which my application was rejected it would deeply gratify me to know it, being quite convinced that my industry in instruction would be equal to that of any Candidate, and it being already universally known in my own country, that my pretensions as a Scholar were correctly estimated, and rewarded with the highest prize, literary character can acquire.

I would esteem it a very great favor, when forwarding to me the letters which were at different times addressed to you in my behalf, you would let me know the precise objection the Visitors made to my claim. With the sincerest wishes for the success of the University, and for your own health and long life, I have the honor to be Sir with great respect your faithful Sevt.

M. L. Tracie

Be pleased to direct your letter containing my testimonials to the care of Mr. M’Clane Post master General Washington City—

RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.

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