Extract from William C. Rives to John H. Cocke

I am very happy in being able, at last, to congratulate you on the success of the Bill for the establishment of an University at the Central college. It was carried, on yesterday, by in the House of Delegates by the overwhelming & unexpected majority of 141 to 28 ... Among the many sources of congratulation that present themselves on this occasion, it is not the least with me that the man, to whom this country owes more than to any other that ever lived existed, with the exception of General Washington alone, lives to see the consummation of all his wishes in the establishment of an Institution, which will be a lasting monument to his fame. I sincerely hope that his years may be prolonged, in order that he may fix a character on an institution, which is itself to exert a decisive influence on the character of posterity.

RC (ViU: JHC).