James Madison Papers

James Madison to Roberts Vaux, 20 February 1827

Montpellier Feby. 20. 1827

I thank you, Sir, for the copy of your interesting Discourse before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The tribute it pays to her great Founder and first settlers, was due to the memorable example they gave of justice and humanity to the aboriginal inhabitants of the Country. The example was in true harmony with that of their inviolable respect for the rights of Conscience in all men. These merits are not only fruitful themes for panagyrical eloquence, but will furnish for the pages of history some of its most precious lessons. To my thanks allow me to add the expression of my great respect and my friendly wishes.

James Madison

RC (PHi); draft (DLC).

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