James Madison Papers

James Madison to Thomas L. McKenney, 27 March 1826

Mar: 27. 1826

Dr. Sir

I have recd. your favor of the 18th: with a supplemental document relating to the Civilization of the Indians; a subject highly interesting under all its aspects. The literary "characters" devised by the Indian "Guess" are the offspring of an ingenious mind. But if I understand them, they are rather stenographic, than "Alphabetic," a species of writing, facilitated doubtless by the scantiness of the language.

I had noticed the Report of the Secy. published in the Newspapers; much commended as it deserved for its moral as well as intellectual merit. With friendly respects


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