Washington, 3d. March, 1831
My little epistle will be an unexpected one to you, but as it is intended to invite your attention for a moment to the necessities of your Alma Mater, I trust it will not be altogether unwelcome.
The enclosed letter to me from Doct. McDowell, one of the Trustees & the Agent employed by them, will inform you fully of the object. I have obtained a few names from among the members of Congress who are Graduates, & am about to send it to Richmond, by the advice of some of my Virginia friends here. Mr. Venable of your State Senate, I hope, will at my request, forward it to you, after using it as he may deem expedient, at the State Capital.
The instruction given at Nassau Hall to her present pupils, has as we believe, never been excelled. Still—from the number of new Colleges & Universities rising in every quarter of our Country, she is in great need of pecuniary assistance, but can obtain none from the State Legislature, on acct. of the great jealousy subsisting among the various religious sects.
After giving the subject such attention as you shall think it consistent & proper to bestow, I will ask you to enclose the paper to my address, at Morris Town New Jersey. Should there be any neighbours, who, in your opinion would be willing to aid us, we shall feel under special obligations for your intercession with them.
The kind & friendly attention of Mrs. Madison to my family when here, in 1813, 14=& 15, are strongly impressed on my mind. Be pleased to remember me to her in much kindness & respect, & be assured of the high esteem & regards of, Dear Sir, your friend & obt. Servt.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.