James Madison Papers

James Madison to Stephen Van Rensselaer, 6 May 1824

Montpellier May 6. 1824

Dear Sir.

I have duly recd your favor of Apl. 19. accompanied by the Geological Survey, and followed by the two Profile plates appurtenant to it.

These fruits of your munificent patronage give you a just title to the thanks of all who take an interest in such researches, & the proper share of merit will not be refused to the intelligence & care with which your plan appears to have been executed. The variety & extended scope of the observations in the Report made to you will be a welcome contribution to the Stock of Materials for a scientific insight into the accessible past of the planet on which our lot is cast. With friendly respects

James Madison

RC (NN: Harkness Collection); FC (DLC).

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