James Madison Papers

Ferdinand R. Hassler to James Madison, 18 January 1827

New York 18th. Jany 1827

Excellent Sir,

Excuse the liberty which I take to interrupt You again with the communication of a publication of mine the enclosed elements of Arithmetic which I have employed a few leasure days, in my unoccupied state to publish, upon desire of some persons that a better principled schoolbook might be published.

About 250 Copies being made on better paper as the one here joined, may serve for persons not minding a few cents, as that seems to be the case with School masters; the edition in 18o on inferior paper can be sold in sheets at 35 Cents to adapt to boys scholars (in number) so that they can be retailed to them at 50 Cents with profit for the master as usual.

I should of course like very much that it might come in use in schools, upon recomandation of proper persons it could take in such as are preparatory to Colleges. Mr Ryan BookSeller here and I can furnish, I shall also send some to Mr Davis Bookseller in Washington

I will take the Liberty to join a Copy to communicate where you may find advantagious to procure it currency.

My trigonometry being now adopted in Columbia College here at the military Academy of Westpoint, Capt Partridge’s and Capt Cobbs in Georgetown D: C: which I hope all will take also the Arithmetic I should hope with some little protection to bring my books in use and reep some benefit from them.

I take the Liberty to recomand You my orphans and myself in Your Kind remembrance, and remain with the assurances of the peculiar attachment and esteem as ever Excellent Sir Your most obedt St

F: R: Hassler.


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