James Madison Papers

James Madison to Mathew Carey, 12 May 1825

Montpr. May 12. 1825

Dr. Sir

I have recd. your favor of Apl 22. with the several printed Sheets sent with it.

It is very gratifying to observe the prospect of internal improvements, expanding as it is under the emulating auspices of the several States, and the co-operating patriotism of enlightened Citizens. No Country more than ours admits of improvement by artificial roads & canals; nor can it be doubted, either that the Cost of them in their fullest extent is within the compass of the public resources or that it will be incalculably overbalanced in the account of profit & loss: not to speak of the happy tendency of such works to strengthen the bond of our Union, or of the lustre reflected on our free institutions, by such specimens of the fruits they produce.

Your Monitory remarks on the Cotton trade were very opportune, & cd. not fail to be useful.

Should any examples worthy of a place in the "Annals of benificence", come to my knowledge, or occur to my recollection, I shall feel a pleasure in complying with your request on that head.

Draft (DLC).

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