Washington March 25th 1815
I have had the happiness to receive the commission of Librarian with which you were so good as to honor me I accept it with pleasure & tender you my thanks for the favour conferred. Unwilling to intrude on your moments of leisure & relaxation, I nevertheless deem it my duty to apprise you that, according to an Act of last session, you are "directed to cause an appartment to be immediately selected & prepared for a library room" &c. In the 3d. story of the present Capitol, a room sufficiently commodious & convenient might, at a small expence be prepared, & this could immediately be done, by authorising the Commissioners of the public buildings, or the Superintendant of the City, to to have it prepared without delay. I would suggest the propriety of having the books conveyed by water to this City as more safe & less expensive. I have the honor to be, with great respect & esteem, Your obt servt.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.