Fredericksburg– 18th. June 1824
Although I may not wish to be known, I expect to be reputed as the author of the inclosed prospectus–which from its connection with American literature and politics presents an humble claim to the notice of Mr Madison–who has so much advanced and illustrated both these important subjects.
I should be so much pleased to obtain his sentiments in regard to its style & principles that I am sorry I have no right to ask them, & can only venture to hope that if upon the perusal of the life of Greene & the campaigns, Mr. Madison should be inclined to adopt or to reject the claim which I have urged in reference to the origination of the Movement from Deep River to the Santee, he will have the goodness to convey to me the result of his deliberation on that subject. I have the honour to be Mr. Madison’s very obt. & respful sert.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.