James Madison Papers

James Madison to Littleton Dennis Teackle, 29 March 1826

Montpellier Mar. 29. 1826

Dear Sir

I have recd. your letter of the 22d. inst: inclosing a copy of the Law providing for primary schools throughout your State. I congratulate you on the foundation thus laid for a general System of Education, and hope it presages a superstructure, worthy of the patriotic forecast which has commenced the Work. The best service that can be rendered to a Country, next to that of giving it liberty, is in diffusing the mental improvement equally essential to the preservation, and the enjoyment of the blessing. With esteem & friendly wishes

James Madison

RC (ViU); FC (DLC).

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