James Madison Papers

Le Ray de Chaumont to James Madison, 2 June 1832

New-york 2d. June 1832

Dear Sir

I am about sailing from France where it is necessary I should spend a few months to attend to the claims I have on the French & American Governments. I must begin by the former before addressing myself to Congress. The goodness with which you have heretfore testyfyed your interest in the efforts of my father & of my own for the Independence & wellfare of this Country, has made it a duty for me to inform you of this, and should you have any Commands for France I would be happy to take them.

I have the honor of sending you the Proceedings of the convention held at Albany for the purpose of incorporating a State Agricultural Society. You will perceive page 12, that I have taken the liberty to quote your letter to me on the subject of Agricultural Societies. I also add a news paper containing the details of the Irving’s dinner. I thought when called upon for a toast, that I could not better suit the Litterary and Diplomatic character of our Guest with my own pursuits than in the name of one so eminent in all those Branches. I have the honor to remain very Respectfully Dear sir your most obedt. & devoted Servant

LeRay de Chaumont

P. S. I thought proper to wait till the Claims of the American Citizens on France were settled, before to profer mine


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