James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Antonio Capellano, 5 September 1817

From Antonio Capellano

Paca Street Baltimore Septr 5th 1817


Understanding from Mr Lee1 that it was your desire I should go to your Seat to take your Bust in the month of September, I have the honour of informing you that I am now at leisure & will sett off at any moment you may be pleased to appoint.

The price of a Bust, the natural size in Italian Marble is $800. I need not assure you Sir, that if you do me the honour of permitting me to take your portrait my utmost skill shall be exerted to do justice to the subject.

If you should desire me to go to Montpellier, may I request you to have the goodness of indicating the most direct way of reaching it. I have the honour to be Sir, very respectfully, Your obedient Servant

Antonio Capellano

RC (DLC). Addressed by Capellano to JM at Montpelier. On the verso of the cover, docketed by JM, “Sepr. 8. 1817,” are FCs of JM’s 8 Sept. 1817 reply to Capellano, and his letter, conjectured of the same date, to William Lee.

1JM placed an asterisk here with a note at the bottom of the page: “*a misapprehension in the case.”

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