James Madison Papers

James Madison to St. George Tucker, 23 December 1826

Montpellier. Decr. 23. 1826

My dear Sir

Your very kind communication of Novr. 22. came duly to hand, and I am particularly thankful for your attention to the wish intimated thro’ Mr. Cabell. It was a sight of the Legislative Journals of 1784-5.6.7. that I had occasion for; and unless the Vols. No. 4 or 5, contain extracts for some of those years, the trouble of sending them would be without avail. It is not surprizing, because so generally happening, but much to be regretted, that printed documents disappear the faster, the more they are multiplied and diffused; the several holders relying on the very diffusion as a security against such a fate. My Copy of the Journals was compleat, but in my absence a part was lost, and the remainder mutilated; and very extensive enquiries, have failed to obtain what is wanting. I observe that the Journal for 1776, has been reprinted by order of the Assembly. If they wish the residue down to a certain period, to be preserved it would be well if a like order were extended without delay to them also. The present Congress, it appears, have taken the precaution with respects to the Journals of their Revolutionary Predecessors. I have delayed this letter, till the lapse of time satisfied me, that you did not succeed in your intended researches in Williamsburg. And I now, with a repetition of my thanks for all your kindness, pray you to be assured that both Mrs. Madison’s & my feelings towards Mrs. Tucker & yourself, are in the most lively and lasting sympathy with those expressed towards us. Health & all other blessing to both of you

James Madison

RC (NjP); draft (DLC).

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