James Madison Papers

Frederick A. Packard to James Madison, 20 November 1830

Philadelphia Nov. 20, 1830
American Sunday School Union


Some months since we published a work entitled "Life of George Washington"– 266 pages 18[vo] I enclose to you by the same mail two periodical pamphlets each of which contains a succinct notice of the character & design of the work– We are about Stereotyping it & several friends– among them the late Judge Washington & Col Varick of New York– have suggested many improvements– There is one point on which we find it very difficult to gain Accurate information & it is one of so much importance that we have even ventured to trouble you with an inquiry– What were the circumstances which attended the final vote on the declaration of independence? In what sense, if in any, was it unanimously adopted?

We should do ourselves the pleasure to send you a few copies of the work, was not an improved edition contemplated– As it is, the information you may be disposed to give will probably be communicated to many who will be required hereafter to sustain that national character, which Washington did so much to obtain for us, & which you have done so much dignify & Exalt– With the hope that you may not find it inconvenient to answer our inquiry, Accept our best wishes for your health & happiness. Your obedt. servt

Fred. A Packard

for the Committee of Publication

Am. S. S. Union

P. S. It may not be Amiss to add that our Life of Washington has already been adopted, as a reading book in the Common Schools in Charleston S. C & elsewhere– & is very extensively circulated as a child’s reading or library book–

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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