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Letter to James McDowell [manuscript] 1818 July 26.

Preston, James Patton
Preston gives detailed description of shipping a trunk for General Francis Preston. He mentions that the "Buffaloe hills seem to have alarmed my wife, who is from recent causes rendered more sensitive to danger than usual and I fear will determine us to take the other road." Preston then says that the "commission for fixing a site for the university" is beginning its work and asks if the subject is of sufficient interest for McDowell to go to "the mountain Top." Preston hopes that the western and extreme eastern delegates will "coalesce" around the issue but that "the weight of talents and the influence of ex-presidents is fearful so that I despair." Preston is "distressed" at the effect of locating the university in Charlottesville will have on Lexington and Williamsburg.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: C. Venable Minor Endowment Fund, 2012/2013.
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