James Madison Papers

From James Madison to François Marquis de Barbé-Marbois Marbois, 1815

Dr. Sir

I have duly recd. the volume relating to the Equestrian State of Henry 4th. with one of the medals to which it gave rise, for both which I offer you my thanks.

The volume is not only a valuable present to Artists, but is enriched with articles of information, which make it interesting to the curious who are not artists. I observe that it justly records your essential agency in this national monument; and have not overlooked the fine morsel of appropriate sentiment which it was lot to address to the reigning Prince whose name was so closely associated by the occasion, with that of his illustrious ancestor

France is happy in having had a King worthy of the national devotion which the erection of this Statue proclaims to the memory of Henry 4. -He may be regarded as a model not only to his hereditary successors under a limited monarchy, but as one also, to the other departments of the Govt. His personal virtues seem to have furnished that check & balance to his royal prerogative, which are provided by partitions of power among the Constitutional orders of the State.

Ihope Sir you continue to enjoy the good health, of which you make so good a use, & that you will accept this renewed assurance of my distinguished esteem.

DLC: Papers of James Madison.

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