James Madison Papers

James Barbour to James Madison, 13 November 1828

London November 13h. 28

Dear Sir

Immediately on the receipt of your letter of the 22nd September I had an interview with Mr Long on the subject—He has promised me to use his best exertions to fulfil the wishes of the Visitors of the College—In addition I am carrying on a correspondence with Several literary men with a view to success—

To the learned Professor Sandford of Glasgow I have written—my acquaintance with some of the Professors of Oxford I shall turn to the same account—It is not however to be disguised that there is great difficulty in procuring a man of the high standing which fits him for the vacant professorship who is willing to leave his Country for a distant land—Still I am not hopeless—It is unnecessary to assure you and your associates of my Zeal in a Cause whose success I have so much at heart—Mr Lawrence is now in Paris: before leaving England he informed me he had turned over the funds of the University in the hands of Baring brothers & Co to my credit as your Trustee—The amount seems to be £324 12.2. It will give me pleasure to be serviceable to the University in appropriating this fund if the University desires it—I offer you my best respects

James Barbour 

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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