Montpellier Feby. 21. 1828
J. Madison, with his respects to Mr. Van Buren, thanks him for the copy of his Speech in behalf of the surviving officers of the Revolutionary Army. They are very fortunate in having such able advocates. It is a painful reflection, that after all that can now be done, so much of the price of Independence, should be left for the pages of history as a charge against the justice & gratitude of the Nation.
RC (Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10021); draft (DLC).