J. Madison presents his respects to Mr Ingersoll with many thanks for the Copy of his Address on the 4th of July. It is a proof that fertility of genius can create an interest in a case which in other hands would be barren from apparent exhaustion.
J. M. is sensible of the delay in making the proper return to Mr I for his favor. He has an apology which he is sure will be kindly accepted in his advanced age & the maladies added to it, which have sometimes occasioned omissions as well as delays.
RC (InHi); draft (DLC).