James Madison Papers

James Madison to Horatio Gates Spafford, 21 August 1825

Montpr. Aug 21. 1825

I have recd. with your friendly letter of the 29 Ult: the little* volume now returned to which it refers: and I thank you for the kind feelings with which you recommend the perusal of it. I am too old to enter the wide field which the subject of the work opens for investigation. Mr. Jefferson is still older & very infirm also. You have time eno’ before you to reexamine adopted opinions, and to compare with them, the merits of new ones. And I wish that your success in finding truth, may equal the sincerity, with wch. I am sure you seek it. Mrs. M. desires me to make her acknowledgments for your kind remembrances, and joins in all the good wishes which I pray you to accept.

*Swedenborg’s Doctrine of the New Jerusalem.

Draft (DLC).

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