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From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 12 August 1824

To Thomas Jefferson

Montpellier Aug 12. 1824

Dear Sir

The bearer Mr. E. Tayloe, son of Col: Tayloe of Washington is desirous of making a respectful call at Monticello, and I can not refuse to his motive, the gratification of a line presenting him to you. He is at present a resident at Fredericksburg, reading Law with his kinsman Mr Lomax; and appears to be quite estimable & amiable.

Mr T. is so good as to take charge of the 4 last volumes of Las Casas,1 which have been waiting for some such oppy. to get back to you. With every allowance for the painting talent & partial pencil of the Author, the picture of Napoleon, exhibits a most gigantic mind, & with some better features than the world has seen in his character. Affectionate respects

James Madison

P.S. I have just recd. your letter inclosing Mr. Gs. & Rs.

RC (owned by Sotheby’s, New York, N.Y., 1990). Docketed by Jefferson “recd Aug. 13.”

1Emmanuel, Comte de Las Cases, Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène, ou Journal où se trouve consigné, jour par jour, ce qu’a dit et fait Napoléon durant dix-huit mois (8 vols.; Paris, 1823–24).

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