James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Stephen Van Rensselaer, 14 March 1822

To Stephen Van Rensselaer

Mar. 14. 1822

Dear Sir

I recd. some time ago the copy of the geological & agricultural Survey1 which you were so obliging as to send me; but I have not till within a few days been able to look into it.

I can not bestow more commendation than is due to the liberal patronage to which the public owe the work. Such surveys will not only contribute handfuls of valuable facts towards a Geological Theory, but will more & more unveil the subterraneous treasures of the Country. And as far as Agricultural & statistical researches may be embraced, will be useful in those views also. Be pleased Sir to accept my esteem & friendly wishes


Draft (DLC). Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764–1839), heir to the Van Rensselaer fortune, served many terms in the New York legislature, was lieutenant governor of New York, 1795–1801, and served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1822–29. He was a veteran of the War of 1812, commanding the American troops at the Battle of Queenston in 1812. He was known for his devotion to agricultural, educational, and philanthropic causes in New York, including the founding of the Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 6:194 n. 2).

1Amos Eaton, A Geological and Agricultural Survey of Rensselaer County, in the State of New-York: To Which is Annexed a Geological Profile, Extending from Onondaga Salt Springs, across Said County, to Williams College in Massachusetts (Albany, N.Y., 1822; Shoemaker 8587).

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