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From James Madison to William Lee, [ca. 8 September] 1817

To William Lee

[ca. 8 September 1817]

Dr. Sir

I have just recd. the inclosed letter from Mr. Capellano, and write him the answer also inclosed. Be so good as to seal and forward it. As it is not presumable that a Model in clay without a Marble copy, would induce him to visit me, and as the expence of the latter is not to be thought of, it will be best to let the object vanish, in a manner most delicate towards the artist; and I must apologize for devolving on you the task of bringing it about.

Partial FC (DLC). Undated; conjectural date based on the fact that the FC is subjoined to the FC of JM’s 8 Sept. 1817 reply to Capellano, which is written on the verso of the cover of Capellano’s 5 Sept. 1817 letter to JM. Above the salutation on the FC: “To Mr. Lee. Wm. (Auditor) / Extract.”

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