James Madison Papers

Ralph Randolph Gurley to James Madison, 21 November 1831

Office of the Col Society Washington Nov 21st 1831


You have, doubtless, observed, that public attention in Virginia, and other sections of our Southern Country is strongly excited on the subject of the coloured population & that many leading men are directing their thoughts to the plan of colonizing the free people of colour on the Coast of Africa. As you have already, been pleased to express, by a liberal donation to its funds, your favourable opinion of the Colonization Society, it has occurred to me, that you might also consent to favour us, at this time, with an exposition of your views of the principles & measures of this Society in all the great & various relations they sustain to our own Country & to Africa. I cannot doubt, Sir, that such an exposition at this crisis, from your pen, would prove of immense service to a cause in the progress of which, you have evinced so deep & friendly an interest. I have reason to think, that the subject of African Colonization, will receive the solemn consideration of the Legislatures of Virginia & N Carolina at their next Session, and on this account, it seems especially desirable that the public should enjoy the benefit of the opinions of one, whose experience talents & Patriotism, all admire & revere. Be pleased, honoured Sir, to accept the assurance of my profound respect & to believe me Sir, Your faithful & Obt Servant

R R Gurley

P. S. I venture to transmit herewith two numbers of the African, which I hope is forwarded regularly, as it should be. The September number contains an Article on the moral influence of the Society, which I hope may receive your approbation


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