James Madison Papers

James Madison to Chester Bailey, 19 September 1826

Sepr 19. 1826

Dr Sir

Yrs of the 13d. has just been recd. I sincerely regret the occasion for it, & that I can not venture to comply with its request, by fixing a time at wch. your bill agst. Cd. be discharged. When I authorized expectations on that subject, I was aware that circumstances might require this delay then reserved to myself and they have proved even more unfavorable than were anticipated. I must hope therefore that you will find other means that may relieve you, and that you will not doubt the pleasure I should feel in contributing to them if in my power. Of the mode of arranging the payment expected from me, I had none in view, but the ordinary one of remitting it in money. No apology was necessary for the superscription on your letter. I wish the style of it was in universal practice.

Draft (DLC).

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