James Madison Papers

James Madison to William Crawford, 14 November 1826

Montpr. Novr. 14. 1826


I have rcd. Sir, your pamphlet on the question of Retroceeding George Town to the State of Maryland, with a request of* my ideas on the subject

The question involves several points which would require more development than is permitted by other claims on the remnant of time now before me; nor am I sure that it would be discreet to intrude my opinion, on a local subject which it is understood divides those equally interested in it.

I feel no restraint however from saying that the publication indicates maturity of thought & of stile, that does much credit, to so young an author; and that the side espoused by him in the controversy is not likely to suffer from the want of an able support. I tender you Sir my respects and my friendly wishes.

J. M.

Draft (DLC).

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