James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Isaac Briggs, [post 8 October] 1802

To Isaac Briggs

Washington [post 8 October] 1802


I have received your letter of Aug. 12. inclosing a certificate that the Farmer’s Society at Sandy Spring has been pleased to elect me an honorary corresponding member.1 I beg you to offer to the Society my sincerest acknowledgments for this testimony of respect; to which I can have no other title than my veneration for the art, for improving which the Society has been instituted. The art which draws from the earth the subsistence of mankind, is not only the most important in itself, but the basis of all other arts. In this country the cultivation of this art is invited too by many considerations which are peculiar to it. The Citizens therefore who devote their zeal to this object, have a merit, to which I should be more proud in being associated, if I were less conscious of the want of useful co-operation, likely to be chargeable on me. I remain very respectfully Your friend & servt.2

James Madison

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