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  1. Nov 2017
    1. 203 acres joining the last mentioned tract, purchased of William Paxton

      I did some research and could not find who William Paxton was, I am curious if anyone knows of is maybe better than me at finding this type of information. Seems like someone giving 203 acres would be a prominent figure. Who was he?

    2. Proctor & all other necessary agents; to appoint & remove professors, two thirds of the whole number of visitors voting for the removal: to prescribe their duties & the course of education, in conformity with the law: to establish rules for the government & discipline of the students not contrary to the laws of the land: to regulate the tuition fees, & the rent of the dormitories they occupy

      Going to one of my later comments about the foudners influence on writing the Declaration, ideas on political theory, and social contract (including possible communication with Madison) this again looks a lot like how they set up the university like a government.

    3. That the said visitors should appoint one of their own body to be rector & with him be a body corporate, under the style & title of the Rector & visitors of the University of Virginia, with the right as such, to use a common seal: that they should have capacity to plead & be impleaded, in all courts of justice, and in all cases interesting to the University, which may be the subjects of legal cognizance & jurisdiction; which pleas should not abate by the determination of their office, but should stand revived in the name of their successors; and they should be capable in law, and in trust for the University, of receiving subscriptions & donations, real & personal, as well from bodies corporate, or persons associated, as from private individuals.

      What I like about the writing of this and how it is so structured and bureaucratic (in a way) makes me think to how or founding father was writing this. James Madison being present allows us to assume since Jefferson and him were close and often sent letters to one another that they were also in contact regarding this report. How did their theories of government and people influence this writing and set up the system for student self-governance.

    4. Their philosophical apparatus; their expected interest in the funds of the Cincinnati society

      I did some research on the Cincinnati society and found some interesting facts. The society was formed, lead by Henry Knox (our first Secretary of War in the modern constitution and the continental congress). The society was formed to keep the morals and foundations of the revolution alive, even after the end of the revolution. Perhaps they contributed because the University of Virginia would embody the ideals of the revolution and was something the men could get behind.