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From James Madison to Robert R. Livingston, 3 July 1810

To Robert R. Livingston

Washington July 3. 1810

Dear Sir

It has been my wish to find some specimen of manufacture within my domestic precincts worthy of being presented to your daughter Mrs. Livingston.1 Delay has not relieved me from the mortification of betraying the poverty of our resources, by resorting to Mrs. M’s Smokehouse; from which are forwarded a few Virginia Hams, in a *Box addressed to the care of the Collector at N. Y. Mr. Gelston. If they should prove such as are sometimes prepared, they may, as a variety, be not altogether unacceptable. I pray you, in having them delivered, to express to Mrs. Livingston the respect & thankfulness, of which I have given so deficient a proof, & to be assured, yourself, of my high esteem & regard.

James Madison

RC (NHi: Robert R. Livingston Papers).

1Early in 1809 Livingston had sent JM a roll of cloth as a gift from his daughter, Mrs. Edward P. Livingston, explaining that the wool was “carded, spun, & wove in her house” (R. R. Livingston to JM, 17 and 24 Jan. 1809 [DLC]; JM to R. R. Livingston, 13 Mar. 1809, PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (2 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984-). description ends , 1:37–38).

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[The following note(s) appeared in the margins or otherwise outside the text flow in the original source, and have been moved here for purposes of the digital edition.]

* The Box contains 2 dozen, & Mr. G. is requested to forward it to Clermont; but perhaps it may be well for some direction to go thence to him.

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