James Madison Papers

Thomas S. Grimké to James Madison, 14 October 1830

Philadelphia. 14 Octr 1830

My Dear Sir

I hope that the object of this letter will be a sufficient Apology for the trouble I am about to give you. My Eldest Son, who was at Yale College, became unhappily involved in the disturbance at Yale College, the latter end of July, which eventuated in the separation of forty three of the Sophomore class from that Institution, only three however by actual dismissions, the rest having withdrawn from the College, and the faculty having simply acquiesced in their secession, without any act of the College authorities, expelling or dismissing them. I would be glad to know in the first place, whether the above circumstance would be a barrier to the reception of any of those young men who left Yale under the circumstances mentioned. In the next place, I wish to know what the course of study is, what the mode of study is, and generally whatever it may be desirable to know, with a view to form a judgment, as to sending my Son to the University of Virginia– The Expence will of course be an object also to be acquainted with With great respect And Esteem:

Thos. S. Grimké

Will you do me the favor to address your letter to Columbia So. Ca.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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