James Madison Papers

Thomas S. Grimké to James Madison, 30 January 1833

Charleston 30th Jany 1833.

My Dear Sir—

Accept my apology, not only for my inadvertence in addressing my last Pamphlet to Charlotte, instead of to Orange C. H. but likewise for my delay in replying to your letter of 10th of the present Month. Whilst I deeply regret your ill health, I cannot but on that account more deeply estimate the favor of so interesting and gratifying a letter from your pen. May your life be yet mercifully spared many years longer, to behold the Constitution and Union, for which you have done so much, triumphant over the dangers that now threaten them, from a State, until recently among the most devoted in the fair Sisterhood, to the supremacy, glory and value of that Constitution and Union.

May the blessing of Heaven be upon your declining years, soothing the infirmities of age, and preparing you for the great change from Time to Eternity. With gratitude & Esteem

Thos. S. Grimké

P. S. May I ask the favor of you to spare me, if you any to spare, some autographs of the Distinguished Men of our own or any other Country—I need hardly say that a signature only on a letter back is esteemed valuable—


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