Montpellier Feby 26. 1836—
J. Madison with friendly salutations to Mr Southard thanks him for the copy of his speech on the 25th of Jany.
In his present condition he can read but little. He has however borrowed from other claims on his attention, the time required for a perusal of the Speech. Whether regarded as a test of debating powers, or as a material for the political history of our Country, it is a Document, that must rank high in its class.
RC (NjP: Samuel Southard Papers); FC (DLC). RC in DPM’s hand, signed by JM.