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Willis Alston to James Madison, 25 December 1829

Washington Decr 25th 1829

My Dear Sir

It may not be otherwise than gratifying to you to hear from one who you have long known and whose political course seldom if ever differed from yours

Your late vote in convention where you stood alone I should feel proud of, having viewed your proceedings throughout I think you have very few if any old friends here who does not feel perfectly satisfied The vote you give alone I most certainly should have given myself had I have been a member

Your task is a difficult and perplexing one, and it is very much doubted whether the result of your labours will tend to advance the character of the ancient Dominion

I will not fatigue with a long letter, of our doings here The news papers tell you better than I could by letter

Be so good as to remember to Mrs. Madison kindly, Tell her I have five little children three sons & two daughters I should be much pleased to shew them to her I am your sencere friend

Willis Alston

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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