James Madison Papers

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 14 October 1825

Montpr. Ocr. 14 1825

Dr Sir

Mr. Browere (pronounced Brower) is so anxious to pay his respects to you that I can not refuse him a line of introduction. His object is to take your likeness in plaster, much desired it appears by patrons of a Public Gallery. His success as an Artist is very highly attested. His bust of Genl Lafayette is pronounced by other imitative Artists a conspicuous proof of talent. The little specimen he has given here accords with his reputation. Being apprized that you will not submit to the tedious operation for a Bust, he limits his hopes, to a Mask of the face only, which can be quickly taken with-out fatigue to the patient & to which he can add the fix other parts, from a mere outline on paper.

I have heard nothing as to the University since I parted from you. I hope things continues well there; and that Key & Long will have seen their error in the course so hastily taken by them. I find all I meet with anticipating permanent good to the Institution from the incidents which threw a transient cloud over it.

Draft (DLC).

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