James Madison Papers

Nicholas P. Trist to James Madison, 21 March 1829

Washington Mar. 21. 1829.

Dear Sir

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 Cutts, Watkins & Lee, superceded by Hill, Kendall, and a Major Lewis.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.

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