James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Gulian C. Verplanck, 9 January 1819

From Gulian C. Verplanck

New York Jan. 9th. 1819


I take the liberty to request your acceptance of a copy of an Anniversary Discourse which I lately delivered before the New York Historical Society.1 The object of that institution is the cultivation of American history in general and of that of this state in particular. I have however had in this little work, not so much an historical as a moral object, the inculcating the principles of humanity and toleration; and it is on this account alone that I can deem it worthy of your attention. I am with great respect Your obedient sevt.

G. C. Verplanck2

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Gulian C. Verplanck, An Anniversary Discourse, Delivered before the New-York Historical Society, December 7, 1818 (New York, 1818; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 46648). JM’s copy is in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library.

2Gulian Crommelin Verplanck (1786–1870) was a New York lawyer, graduate of Columbia College, and state politician of Federalist hue, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1824–34. He is probably best known for his writings, which included political satires, essays on religion, American history, arts, and literature, as well as a three-volume compendium of Shakespeare’s plays, with a biography.

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