James Madison Papers

James Madison to Gurdon S. Mumford, 10 September 1825

Montpr. Sepr. 10 1825

Dr Sir

I did not receive till yesterday, your favor of Aug 23: or I sd. sooner have made my acknowledgments for the two pamphlets inclosed in it.

The honors conferred on Gen Lafayette are honorable to our natl. character, & to the genius of our Republican system, and I hope will do good both abroad & at home. The object to which you endeavour to make them particularly conducive is much to be commended, and I shd feel a pleasure in promoting it. But as the contents of the pamphlets have been generally made known thro’ the newspapers, and there is as yet but a very imperfect recovery in this quarter from the late prevailing embarrassment, I see no encouraging prospect of co-operation in pecuniary form with your benovolent views. The two copies with wch you have favd. me, will be deposited where they will be preserved, & contribute with other publications to hand down to posterity what will be gratifying & animating to all who inherit the principles & sentiments recorded in them.

I shall duly attend to yr. caution on the subject of your name, & sd. follow its example, were I not aware that nothing in this answer could suggest, that it had other than a private character.

Mrs. M. is glad to find that she retains a place in the kind remembrance of Mrs. M & yours and offers a return of her respects & best wishes. Permit me to add the expression of both from myself.

J. M.

Draft (DLC).

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