James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 20 April 1818

To Thomas Jefferson

Montpellier Apl. 20. 1818

Dear Sir

I take the opportunity by Judge Holmes1 of sending my first Instalment for the Central College,2 which I beg the favor of you to have put into the proper hands.

The only subscription to the lists I distributed is the inclosed one from Gen A. T. Mason. Is it worth while to avail ourselves of his solitary liberality in that distant quarter, which connects him so little with an institution as yet a local one? If you think not the subscription & his Check may be kept back.

I do not find that any decision of Cooper has taken place with respect to his translation from Philada. Affcy. yours

James Madison

RC (courtesy of an anonymous collector, through Profiles in History, Beverly Hills, Calif., 2006). Docketed by Jefferson, “recd M<ay> <11>.”

1This was probably Hugh Holmes (d. 1825), a judge of the Virginia General Court, who lived in Winchester, Virginia (Richmond Enquirer, 1 Feb. 1825; PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 2:254 n.).

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