James Madison Papers

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, 22 November 1830

Montpellier Novr. 22. 1830

Dear Sir

I inclose for yourself & Genl. Cocke, a letter from Docr Johnson, requesting the sanction of the Executive Committee to a course of Instruction to private pupils on the principles of Dentistry

If the measure do not fall within the spirit of the Enactment (page 16) imposing a restraint on Professors, or be sanctioned by precedent no objection would seem to be called for; the object itself being useful. But as it lies with the Professor of Medicine, according to the Resolution appointing a Demonstrator, to define his duties, delicacy towards the Professor may require his privity at least to such an arrangement.

Having mentioned in my answer to Docr. Johnson that his letter would be communicated to the other members of the Committee, and that he would learn from them the views taken of the subject, I must ask the favor of you to give him this information considering me as concurring in whatever may be the result of the consultation between Genl. Cocke & yourself. With affectionate esteem

James Madison

RC ViU. (Randolph to [John H.] Cocke appended); draft (DLC).

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