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From James Madison to Richard Rush, 23 April 1817

To Richard Rush

Montpellier Apl. 23. 1817

Dear Sir

I duly recd. the English papers you were so good as to send me; and which I now return. Altho’ less interesting than they usually are even when the Parliament is not in session, they contain some things which were worth looking at; and I thank you for the opportunity of doing it.

We reached our home without accident, and in the computed time. I found the agricul[t]ural prospects in this quarter very favorable. The want of rain has since impaired them; but we have just had a shower, and appearances promise more.

We are much obliged by the kind expressions from Mrs. Rush & yourself, and pray you both to be assurd of our sincere respects & cordial regards. Affectionately yours

James Madison

RC (MWiW-C). Docketed by Rush, with his note at a later date: “Written soon after he ceased to be President, and had returned to his home in Virginia.”

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