James Madison Papers

George Tucker to James Madison, 19 February 1827

University. Feb. 19. 1827

Dear Sir,

I at length return you Dr. Cooper’s new work with many thanks for your goodness in giving me so early an opportunity of seeing it, & not without some self-reproach for keeping it so long. A wish however to give it a close examination tempted me thus to abuse the permission you gave me. It is a good introduction to the study of political Economy. The doctrines are at once liberal & sound and the style easy, clear & forcible. It is however often careless, and the work is not free from inaccuracies of more importance—I have concluded upon the whole that Say’s pol: econ: would be the best text book, & I understand that it is the one they use at Harvard. You will perceive that Dr. Cooper thinks as I do of McCulloch’s doctrine of absenteeism—The new regulations of the Visitors seem to work very well so far. The equal distribution of the Students has given the most trouble, but even that has as yet presented no serious Difficulty. The number I believe is now about 110, & it will probably not reach 20 more this Session—I am with the highest respect, Sir, Your obedt Sert.

George Tucker

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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