James Madison Papers

Bushrod W. Clark and G. D. L. Parks to James Madison, 22 November 1833

Lewiston N. Y. Nov 22d, 1833

Dr Sir,

Although unacquainted with you personally, yet your reputation and public acts have endeared you to us. Having already obtained, autobiographys of some of our most distinguished Statesmen, we are equally desirous of obtaining yours. Should you be able consistently with your convenience and other duties, to furnish us a Sketch of the most prominent incidents in your life, we would recieve it with gratitude and satisfaction. Should you be unable to comply with this request on account of your age, increase of infirmities, or press of cares, we would recieve with much satisfaction and pleasure a account from your own pen of the sources of information to which we could have recourse with safety. We presume that you have often been troubled with communications of this kind from others of your admirers, and we should not have added ourselves to this list of correspondents, had we not felt a great admiration for your character and a strong desire to be acquainted with the important events of your public and private life Truly and Sincerely yours

Bushrod W. Clark.

G. D. L. Parks.


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