James Madison Papers

Ferdinand R. Hassler to James Madison, 14 June 1830

New York 14th June 1830

Most Excellent Sir,

Permit me with the present to present to You a Copy of my logarithmic and trigonometric Tables, which just now appear in the public, to which I made the Introduction in, 5 languages, as the intermediate titles shew, that they may acquire more general course; the numbers being the same for all, this extension appeared to me proper, so that each of the 4 living languages might have the book in its own language, and the latin make it general for all properly instructed men.

It is an object of satisfaction to me, by forwarding to You from time to time some results of my work in the line of science, in which You have honored me with Your confidence, during Your administration, to recall to myself the satisfaction it afforded to me, so much more lively as none of the administrations since Yours, appears to bestow any attention to the subject which procured me the pleasure of Your acquaintance. I hope to be able to send You more similar works, of which two are already begun.

I take the Liberty to join another Copy, for the Library of the University of Virginia, and hope the use of the book will be introduced there. After some more experience I hope even the University will also adopt my other books, or recomand them for adoption in the schools preparing for the University= Course; as their System and correction will become always more evident as I proceed further in my intended Coursus, which I think will be found much more appropriated to the want, and course of reasoning, in this country, than the european courses now in use, which do not bear to the general course of education the proper relation, and, as appears to me from experience in the results, have not been very happily selected.

Allow me Sir, to recomand myself in the continuance of Your friendly recollection, and accept the expressions of my constant esteem and attachment Most excellent Sir Your obed Srt

F: R: Hassler

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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