Middletown (Con) Dec 30th 1825
I am preparing for publication a collection of the most celebrated speeches of American Orators I find the greatest difficulty in procuring copies of the early Congressional debates There never were more animating subjects of debate than those which the Revolution afforded & those which afterward grew out of the relations of this country with France, & during both these periods many wise and eloquent statesmen were in Congress; still the only speech which I can obtain delivered before 1800 is that of Mr Ames on the British Treaty I shall be under very great obligations to You if You will have the goodness to designate some of the most distinguished Congressional speeches delivered before 1800 & inform me from what source I may obtain copies of them—
I hope, Sir, You will consider the anxiety I feel to make my collection as perfect as possible a sufficient excuse for the liberty I take in thus addressing You. With sentiments of the highest esteem I am, Sir, your most obt Servt.
E. B. Williston
P S. Will you be so kind as to send me copies of your Inaugural Addresses if convenient—
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.