The argument is made that it would not be wise to pass the bill establishing the co-ordinate college for women unless an appropriation could be made at the time the bill is passed.
This argument is both unsound in principle and contrary to precedent.
It is wisest to pass the bill without an appropriation, for the reason that no appropriation should be made until the plans for the college are perfect so that it would be known what amount of money is necessary. If the appropriation were made in advance of the plans being matured, it would tend to extravagant and unnecessary expenditures. Good business judgment would suggest that money be not appropriated until it were definitely known how much would be needed.
As to the precedent: The Act of the Legislature, passed Feb. 21, 1818, being an act appropriating part of the revenue of the Literary Fund and for other purposes, by Section 8 provided for the establishment of the University of Virginia and appointed a Board of Commissioners for the University. This Board, among other things, was authorized and required to receive voluntary contributions. Section 9 of the Act provides that after the site of the University of Virginia has been ascertained by law, there shall be appropriated out of the revenue of the Literary Fund the sum of $15,000.00 per year for the purpose of defraying the expense for procuring the land, &c.,provided the appropriation did not impair and diminish those made to the education of the poor in the several counties and corporations. Thus it is manifest that the only provision made with the establishment of the University of Virginia was authorized was