James Madison Papers

Aaron Vail to James Madison, 14 October 1834

London 14th October 1834.

My dear Sir 

I received a few days ago your letter of the 9th Ultimo, with an enclosure for Mr George Joy, which I immediately forwarded to its destination—

I should have sooner acknowledged the receipt of your former letter enclosing an Autograph for the Princess Victoria, which was received in good time; but waited to do so until I could communicate to you the satisfaction which the very kind and appropriate language used by you would not fail to give her—I have delayed handing it to her, in the hope of daily receiving autographs from our other Ex-Presidents, which I have promised to procure, but which I regret to say, have not yet come to hand—Those yet missing are from Mr Jefferson, Mr Monroe, and the Elder Adams. My repeated applications for them having proved fruitless, I despair of obtaining them and will therefore take the first opportunity after the Princess’ returns to Town, to deliver her those which are now in my possessio[n.] The value which the young Lady appears to attach to those memorials had made me anxious to make good my promise to complete the collection; and I am confident that none of those she will receive can give her more satisfaction than the one prepared by you. With my acknowledgments for your kind and prompt attention to my request on that occasion, I remain, My dear Sir, with sentiments of respects for Mrs. Madison, Your most Obedient & faithful Servt.

A. Vail


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