James Madison Papers

Robert Treat Paine to James Madison, 19 March 1832

Boston Monday March 19th. 1832

Respected Sir

I have the pleasure of transmitting herewith a copy of the oration delivered in this City on the 22d. of February by Hon. Francis C. Gray and also of the third edition of his letter to Governor Lincoln on Harvard University, which it is hoped will be acceptable

It was with great regret, that I, a few days ago, learned of your continued suffering from rheumatism, but all here, hope, you have ere this, experienced relief

On the 24th. of last November, I made several observations for the Latitude and Longitude of Montpellier, whence I have deduced that the Latitude of the dwelling house, by the mean of 19 meridional altitudes, of the Sun, the latitude being aduced, separately from each altitude is, 38° 12’ 55".9; (the greatest being 38°13’ 7".6 and the least 38°12’36".0) and the difference of longitude between the meridian of Montpelier and of the University is 1 min. 4,8 sec, therefore as the longitude of the latter is 5 h. 14 m. 5,9 sec the longitude of Montpelier is 5 h 13 m 1,1 sec or 78° 15’ 17" West from Greenwich

Last week we were congratulating ourselves on the arrival of spring, but yesterday winter returned upon us, with undiminished vigor; indeed I doubt, whether a more uncomfortable day has been experienced this year; the thermometer at noon stood at only 16 above zero—

Permit me, Sir, to make the request that to Mrs Madison and Mr. Todd, you will present my respectful compliments, and believe me, Sir, very truly your obedient servant

Robert Treat Paine


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