James Madison Papers

James Madison to Thomas S. Grimké, 23 October 1830

Montpellier Octr. 23. 1830

Dear Sir

I have recd. your letter of the 14th. inst: and with a view to the information it requests concerning our University, inclose a printed Copy of its Statutes, with one of the By laws of the Faculty, and a manuscript statement of the expences of a Student. There are a few Resolutions of the Visitors not yet in print, but not material to your object.

With respect to the course of Study, it is to be observed that the Students are not formed into graduated Classes, as in most if not all of the American Colleges & Universities; but attend such of the Schools as their parents or themselves chuse; the mode of instruction being by lectures of the respective Professors & text books, and by constant & strict examinations, preparatory to the annual one which is solemn & effective

On the subject of the youths in the predicament which involves your son, I must refer you to [section symbol] 6. pa. 24. of the Enactments, by which you will see that there is no insuperable bar to their admission into the University. But it may be expected that the evidence of general good conduct, other than a certificate from the College, to be satisfactory must be strong in proportion to the cause preventing the certificate

In a few lines addressed to Charleston, I acknowledged the receipt of your several pamphlets; and, with my thanks for my share of them, forwarded the others as you desired to the University. I address this as suggested to Columbia With great & cordial esteem

James Madison

RC (ViU); draft (DLC).

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