Philadelphia, 25th. Oct. 1828
Mr LeVasseur having undertaken to write an Account of the Journey of Genl Lafayette thro’ the United States, sends to me regularly the Chapters of his book, as fast as it progresses, that it may be translated & published in this Country. In the 15th. Chapter, containing the Account of the General’s Journey to Monticello and Montpelier, he introduces the Memorial & Remonstrance, which it is said you drew up, in opposition to the petition of the Ministers of the Episcopal Church to the Virginia Legislature, in 1784, 1785—praying that the Ministers of Religion should receive Salaries.
In the Copy sent to me the Caption or heading of this Document only is given, the Memorial itself is wanting, Mr LeVasseur probably supposed that a Copy might be here easily obtained; but I know of no Book containing it.
I take the liberty, Sir, of applying to you to be informed of the place where I may find that interesting & valuable Document, to insert it in its place; I regret being compelled to intrude, I should have said upon your leisure, but I know you have none; you are doomed to bear the burthen of deserved celebrity. Nevertheless, tho’ I have hesitated to do it; I beg your kind advice or assistance to obtain or be enabled to find the Memorial in question; happy in the opportunity that it gives me of assuring you again of my profound veneration & respect I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your most obedient & humble Servant
Peter S. Du Ponceau
P. S. May I add the request that you will be so good as to present my best respects to Mrs Madison?
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.