Washington Mar. 21. 1829.
The branch of business that has been assigned me, makes this the busiest period of the year: indeed the press scarcely allows me breathing time. This will be a sufficient apology, I trust, for not sooner answering your last favor. In relation to the Faculty report, I took the liberty of departing from your directions, so far as to have it inserted by both the Intelligencer & the Journal, as a communication, instead of advertisement. I knew them to do such things for other institutions, and thought it as well to save the expense to ours.
I regret that I cannot assist you in complying with Mr Quincy’s request. I know no person so likely to have it in his power to do this, as Mr. Cabell. I have, for some time, suspected him to be engaged in a history of the University; which may perhaps be near its completion.
The Telegraph of last evening announced the disaster of Mr Cutts, which you, doubtless, will hear from themselves. Cutts, Watkins & Lee, superceded by Hill, Kendall, and a Major Lewis. The latter said to be a gentleman; the two former, antipodes.
Le règne du Héros est commencé. In great haste, & affectionately adieu
N. P. Trist
Mr Monroe perfectly recovered.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.