To Joseph Jones
Philada. [post 23] Augst. 1791.
This will be handed you by Mr. Childs who solicits subscriptions to a new Gazette to be edited from his press by Mr. Freneau. The plan will be shewn you & speaks its own merits. Those of Mr. Childs have besides other vouchers the character & success of a paper of which he has long been the printer in New York. With Mr. Freneau I have been long & thoroughly acquainted. He is a man of genius, of literature, of experience in the business he is to conduct, and of great integrity. These qualifications promise a vehicle of inteligence & entertainment to the public which has pretensions to its best patronage. I take the liberty of recommending the undertaking to yours, not only from a persuasion, that in bestowing it you will render a valuable service to our Country by opening so good a source of information, but from a desire of contributing to render the profits as proportional as may be to the justice of Mr. Freneau’s title to them. With great esteem & regard I remain Dear Sir Your Mo: Obedt. hble servt.
Js. Madison Jr
RC (DLC). Addressed by JM to Jones at Fredericksburg. Conjectural date assigned on the basis of JM’s arrival in Philadelphia from New York circa 23 Aug. (Jefferson to JM, 18 Aug. 1791).