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James Madison to John Hartwell Cocke, 1 November 1826

Montpellier Novr. 1 1826

Dear Sir

I am just favored with yours of Ocr. 28. As the intimation to Mr Hilliard will go with more weight from the Executive Committee than from one of its members, I drop a few lines for him to be signed by you also, and duly forwarded. I send it in this form the rather, because of the distinction between the 2 cases of the Periodicals and of the general supply of books; and between both as now furnished, and the suggested change from Boston to N. York. If there be error in my view of the matter, be so good as to send me a better form signed by yourself, which I will sign & forward; as it may be directed, not knowing myself where Mr Hilliard is at present, nor what is his first name.

I have not thought it necessary to repeat to Mr. Coolidge your countermand of the order for the Bell, which he will be sure to attend to, if not too late. Economy is so much an object that it will be well to consult it in every case where the risk of error is small and the promised saving considerable. Our Session having abruptly closed without alluding to the death so deeply & universally lamented, I have taken the liberty of supplying the omission in the draft of a Report. Mr. Trist will shew it for the correction and sanction of Mr Cabell & yourself, neither being out of reach. I had an opportunity of consulting Mr. Monroe who concurred with me.

There is another point in the Report on which I need advice, the idea to be expressed as to the public discharge of the existing debts, and that to be held out as to the prospects hereafter. Mr Cabell being a member of the Assembly, his precise judgment of the matter is much to be desired.

Hoping that Mr. Trist will meet with both of you at the approaching Court of Albemarle, I add only assurances of my great esteem & sincere regard.

James Madison

RC (ViU); draft (DLC).

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