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From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 12 July 1824

To Thomas Jefferson

Montpr. July 12. 1824

Dr. Sir

I have recd. from Mr. H. Wheaton who is engaged in a Biography of the late W. Pinkney a letter wch. I inclose with my answer.1 If your recollection or memoranda can confirm or enlarge the information I have given with respect to the origin of the Embargo, be so good as to return my answer that it may be improved: If otherwise, it may be sealed & forwarded; the letter from Mr. Wheaton to be returned in either case. I infer from a former letter from Mr. W.2 that his work will probably embrace somewhat of a historical review of the Biographical period.

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1Henry Wheaton to JM, 3 July, and JM to Wheaton, description begins Henry Wheaton, Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States (12 vols.; Philadelphia, 1816–27). description ends 11 July 1824.

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