James Madison Papers

James Madison to Bushrod W. Clark and G. D. L. Parks, 7 December 1833

7th Decr. 1833


The friendly spirit in which your letter of the 22d Ult is written makes me regret that I can not comply with the object of it. The infirmities of my great age, increased by the effect of an enfeebling malady, wd. alone forbid the attempt. Nor can I refer you to any accounts which have been published, for information as to incidents of my private life. For my public career the information is to be sought in the proceedings of the public bodies, of which I was a member; and in my official acts whilst holding Executive Trusts, all of which as far as preserved, have been rendered accessible by the press. This paragraph is a specimen of my handwriting, at this date; which is very different from its ordinary character at earlier & healthy periods of my life.

Draft (DLC).

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