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To James Madison from Richard Rush, 30 September 1815

From Richard Rush

Washington September 30. 1815.

Dear sir.

As a little exercise of the pen, I have just been throwing out a small pamphlet, of a copy of which I beg your acceptance.1 While at the bar, I had often occasion to perceive and lament the existence of a spirit too dependent and colonial. This little tract aims, as far as it goes, at showing that it is not justifiable.

I was happy to hear from Mr Monroe a day or two ago, that his health is improved. The J. B.2 affair has, indeed, passed off very quietly. I tender my usual respects:

R. Rush.

RC (PHi: Richard Rush Papers). Docketed by JM.

1Rush evidently sent a copy of his pamphlet entitled American Jurisprudence, Written and Published at Washington, Being a Few Reflections Suggested on Reading “Wheaton on Captures” (Washington, D.C., 1815; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 35824).

2An “X” was placed beneath these initials in an unidentified hand. They stood for Joseph Bonaparte.

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