James Madison Papers

James Madison to Henry Clay, 24 March 1827

Montpellier Mar. 24. 1827

Dear Sir

After your kind offer, I make no apology for inclosing another letter which I wish to have the advantage of a conveyance from the Department of State. Its object is to obtain from Mr. Gallatin a small service for our University, and that with as little delay as may be.

Whilst I was charged with the Department of State, the British doctrine against a neutral trade with belligerent ports shut in peace and opened in war, was examined at some length, and the Examination published in a short pamphlet. I have been applied to by several friends for a copy, which I could not furnish; nor do I know that they are attainable, unless obsolete copies should remain in the Department. If this be the case, I should be thankful for the means of complying with the applications.

Mrs. Madison joins in offering to Mrs. Clay & yourself assurances of cordial regards & best wishes.

James Madison

RC (DLC: Henry Clay Papers); draft (DLC).

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