London Decr. 15. 1830.
I have been requested by a particular friend of the gentleman who writes the letter accompanying this, to enclose it to the Rector of our University. This occasions an intrusion on your time and leisure, which I trust you will pardon. The applicant I have every reason to beleive to be in the highest degree deserving. In case that there shall be no vacancy in the University of Virginia, it would be conferring a favor on a man of great merit to make known his pretensions to the University of Wm and Mary; or perhaps to the New Institution about to be established in New York.
Extract, enclosed in James Madison to Albert Gallatin, March 18, 1831. (NHi: Albert Gallatin Papers).