James Madison Papers

St. George Tucker to James Madison, 4 January 1827

Williamsburg January 4th 1827.

My dear Sir,

Since I wrote to you last, I have had the pleasure of recieving both of your favours of the 23d. & 30th. of December, with the Enclosures in the last, and am very sorry I was not able to furnish you any further Information from the Journals in my possession, than what I had before transmitted from Richmond: nor can I now find any thing further on the subject. It is much to be regretted that the records of such important Events as those which have engaged the feelings & attentions of so many, in former Times, should from the Circumstances which you have alluded to, almost wholly have disappeared. My retired, and afterwards, wandering state Life, in the course of my professional (and afterwards) Official Engagements, & Duties, prevented any Attempt on my part to make a Collection of Journals, & other interesting Documents and papers for many years. I have since collected a number, but nothing like a regular series; and some very imperfect; my extreme loss of Eyesight, & other painful Infirmities would require more than ten Times the labour and exertion that I am now capable of, to go through the Examination of them. I heartily wish the Legislature would adopt the plan you mention.

Permit me to repeat the assurances of my most cordial and warm Esteem & friendship towards yourself & Mrs. Madison, in which I am as cordially & warmly joined towards you both, by Mrs. Tucker. Health and every other Blessing attend you both.

S: G: Tucker.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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