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(DLC : Madison Miscellany (from lists probably made by Peter Force))
The Revd. Mr. Smith begs leave to return his thanks to Mr. Madison for the valuable books sent to him. He hopes that Mr. Madison may soon recover from his present indisposition and enjoy all happiness here & hereafter— RC (DLC) . Docketed by JM.
I have recd. yours of the 30th Jany. communicating the decision of Mr Lomax, to accept the office of Judge in the Genl. Ct, & proposing to retain the professorship in the University, with liberty to perform the duties of the other trust, till the end of the current session. I entirely concur with you, in the sentiment which you have expressed, which is to comply with his proposal. RC ( MHi :...
I have just received from Mr. Wm. Allen of Fredericksburg, the sum of one hundred and twenty Dollars, with a request that it may be deposited in this office to the credit of Edward Coles. At the request of the same gentleman I have now to inform you that I have done so. With much respect, I am, Sir, Your obedt. Serv. RC (DLC) .
I find that I omitted to send you a copy of my letter to Genl Jackson, yesterday, as I intended, & therefore, now enclose it. Perhaps I have sent some other paper, in which case be so good as to retain it till we meet. Sincerely yours RC ( DLC ).
Permit me to present to your acquaintance Mr Owen, who proposes to make a visit to you & Mr Jefferson. Of his character for benevolence & useful improv’ments I need say nothing to you. With sincere regard dear Sir yours RC ( DLC ).
Mr Hamilton of S. C. has the honor to enclose to Mr Madison that which has scarcely any other value than as furnishing the occasion of his transmitting him a token of his veneration and regard. Mr Hamilton has the further gratification to acknowledge Mr Madisons favor of the 30th Dec. and thanks him for the kind terms in which he is pleased to speak of a performance which in Mr H.’s estimation...
The pleasure of your Company is requested at a Dinner to our fellow Citizen James Barbour Esquire at the Eagle Hotel on the 21st. Inst at 4 Oclock PM. RC (DLC) . Docketed by JM.
As a body united in the name of the Franklin Literary Society of Randolph Macon College for our mutual improvement and the promotion of literary knowledge—and considering honorary members highly accessary to the accomplishment of these ends, we have taken the liberty to elect you as an honorary member of the above named Society. We do assure you we shall feel ourselves highly honored by your...
Mr James Madison 1834 To James Shepherd Dr June 14 To 13th Sole pr Mr Brockman 1/6 $325 " " 1 Side Red Leather Ao 16/6 2,75 July 12 " 2 tt Sole Leather oiled for 15 " 11 3/4 tt Harness ⅌ Ben —,50 15 " 11 3/4 tt Sole ⅌ Mr Brock 1/6 2,94 $ 9, 44 1835 Sept 28th Recd payt of Mr Sim Brockman by James V. Shepherd RC ( ViU ).
Your favr. of the 12th. inst. was this moment recd. & I hasten to say in reply to it that your declining to receive the C. seed I promised, will subject me to no sort of inconvenience. I am indeed glad that you have met with an oppo. of obtaining a supply elsewhere. Your Fd. & Sert. RC ( DLC ).
I hope I shall be excused for asking your perusal of the enclosed work upon the Constitution of the United States. It is intended principally for the use of Colleges and schools where the subject has hitherto been much neglected, so that few persons besides lawyers pretend to have any knowledge of the Constitution. At the present time it is peculiarly important that this instrument should be...
Mr Elliott Cresson a very respectable citizen of Philadelphia, with whom I became acquainted there, this sumr, has requested me to give him an introduction to you, which I do with pleasure. He has travelled much in foreign countries, & has acquired much information on interesting subjects, and enjoys the reputation of, & is I think, a worthy man. RC (DLC) .
After a diligent search among the files of this Department, and a personal inspection of the letter books the only document I could find of those referred to by you was Armstrong’s letter to Jackson of May 28th 1814— That I think you are in possession of. If not, and you wish it, or indeed any other paper belonging to the Department I will most gladly send you. I beg to offer you an assurance...
Letter not found. [16 July 1818]. Offered for sale in Robert F. Batchelder Catalog 42 [1983], item 373, where it is described as an undated, one-page autograph letter, signed, requesting “the information he [JM] was good enough to promise respecting the various essays as well as the particulars connected with their first publication.” Conjectural date assigned on the basis of JM to Paulding,...
¶From James Monroe. Letter not found. 22 September 1820 . Offered for sale in The Collection of Autographs of Hon. James T. Mitchell (Stan. V. Henkels Catalogue No. 731 [1894], 77).
We much regret your being prevented coming here by indisposition, but hope for the pleasure of soon hearing of your amendment. My Son Rutson having a particular desire to pay his respects to that antient friend of his father whose name is so familiar to him, is the occasion of this. My daughter joins me in cordial salutations and best wishes to you, Mrs Madison and Mr Tod. Yours most sincerely...
I inclose to you a letter to my worthy friend Mrs. M. It will give you both all the occurrences of my family & friends in this quarter. I think about this time you have arrived at your four score years. I congratulate you that from appearances when I had the pleasure of seeing you, your strength of body & mind, you may live Many years to enjoy life, be a comfort to your family & friends, and a...
Capt. Chapman of the Royal Artillery and Mr. Gd. Ralston of Philadelphia take the liberty of forwarding the enclosed letters to Mr. Madison and propose having the honor of paying their respects to him tomorrow morning. RC ( DLC ). Year not indicated; conjectural year assigned based on JM ’s docket. One of the enclosed letters was Thomas Law to JM , 22 Dec. 1823 .
I should not again have trespass’d upon your goodness, did not a sense of propriety (in my humble judgement) compell an acknowledgement of the receipt of your much esteemed favor of the 3d. Ulto., & at same time to tender my most gratefull thanks for your very polite attention to myself, & kind wishes express’d, in regard to my son. With perfect esteem I am Dear Sir your obedient servant RC (...
We feel much obliged to you and Mrs Madison for your kind invitation to call on you before our leaving the neighbourhood—We had intended to do so as a mark of our regard and to take an affectionate farewell But we regret the suggestion of your inability to see us at Barboursville—and still hope to do so—Our Children will be up by thursday [se ennights] when we shall be most happy to see you...
I regret to find, by your letter of the 20th Feby that some of the goods sent were higher priced than you contemplated: & I can readily account for your remark so far as relates to the glasswares, the silk hose, & furniture calico: each of these being entitled to a drawback on exportation, but the expences at the excise office & custom house in stamps bonds & entry would, on such small...
It is entirely owing to circumstances apart from my own intentions, that I have deferred the pleasure it gives me to acknowledge the receipt of materials for a biographical sketch of yourself intended for the National Portrait Gallery furnished by a friend of your selection—The document thus furnished is very satisfactory, and leaves nothing to regret; but it’s brevity , a fault which we have...
¶ From James Monroe. Letter not found. 3 February 1823 . Described as a three-page autograph letter, signed, listed for sale in the Charles Hamilton Catalogue No. 103 (24 Feb. 1977), item 161, summarized and abstracted as follows: “dealing with a post for Madison’s nephew, a constitutional matter concerning grants of power in which he is in apparent disagreement both with Madison and...
I returnd to the city lately to receive our old friend General La Fayette, who after remaining here a few days, set out on Saturday for Yorktown. He has I presume reachd that port by this time. He is in good health & spirits, and less alterd in his form, than I expectd, and not at all in his mind, unless by improvment. He appears to me to have a profound knowledge of mankind, & of the present...
My affairs in Albemarle, requiring my attendance there, again, before the meeting of Congress, & the Phisician deeming the exercise useful to Mrs Monroe’s health, we have resolvd to set out thither in a few days, & to call on you & Mrs Madison on the route. If we go by Loudon, which is not decided, it may be the last of the week (next) before we see you; but if we go direct, about the middle....
My friends have presented my pretensions to the President to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of the late Treasurer of the United States—As you are acquainted with many of the incidents of my life, which have been personally eventful; and as you know that I made sacrifices in my efforts to save the Government, during your administration by encountering all the hazards connected with...
This is merely for the pleasure of inclosing a News paper, in which you will find that the bill for opening intercourse with the United States & the British Colonies has been passed in the Upper House also. How many things have we lived to see come to pass, which, in this country have for ages been considered next to impossible! And this one of them. I rejoice with you on this thing being in a...
I am instructed to request your co-operation in giving extension to the proposed periodical work on POLITICAL ECONOMY. You will perceive, that the design of its projectors obviously requires the utmost practicable circulation. The first number will contain a memorial to Congress, on the CREATION of an ADEQUATE CIRCULATING MEDIUM , to be founded upon the productive property of the nation , with...
I regret to have to inform you of the death of Mr Wm. Burwell which took place on yesterday, after a long illness. He was a virtuous man & good member. The treaty with spain has been ratified unconditionally by her govt., & the grants annulld in the instrument of ratification. It is now before the Senate on the question whether it shall be accepted, the time stipulated for the ratification...
I shall not be able to get from this place so soon as I expected. You well know how much is to be attended to at such a time preparatory to my departure from the city. I send you a copy of my letter to Genl Jackson, which will unfold to you, our views on the whole subject. I wish you to shew this paper, & the Russian document to Mr Jefferson, in confidence, when you see him. Your friend RC (...
Immediately on the receipt of your letter of the 22nd September I had an interview with Mr Long on the subject—He has promised me to use his best exertions to fulfil the wishes of the Visitors of the College—In addition I am carrying on a correspondence with Several literary men with a view to success— To the learned Professor Sandford of Glasgow I have written—my acquaintance with some of the...
Mrs Douglas, with two of her daughters, having intimated their intention to visit Virginia, & to take Richmond, & some of the upper counties, including orange in their route, I have taken the liberty to give them this introduction to yours & Mrs Madisons acquaintance. They are of New York, & well respected there, & my nephew Lt Monroe having married one of her daughters, excite a strong motive...
When the notes of the joint subscribers were presented to the Bank, that of the Mr Taliaferro’s (tho’ endorsed by Catlett Conway Jr.) was rejected: and in consequence the note of the whole was continued on its former footing. Mr. Allen wrote me a day or two past that on a reconsideration of the question, at my request, they had agreed to accept the rejected note on condition that the other...
I lately receiv’d the inclosed, from a gentleman residing in Bladensburg, who applies, for the professorship, held by Mr Long, in case he should accept that, wh. it is reported, has been offered to him, in the University of London. I have inform’d him, in reply to his letter, that I did not know, that the offer had been made to Mr Long, or if made, that he would accept it, but that I should...
The respect in which I have been Educated, and which I entertain for yr. patriotism, & principles, induces me to take the liberty of troubling you with the enclos’d address; the sentiments of which, being of general application, will, so far as they may merit your approval, encourace [ sic ] me to beleive, that they would, (if generally adopted) be conducive to the improvemt. of the...
The enclosed from Mr Rush, will give you a view of our present relations with England. Retain them till we meet, which I expect will be next week. The meeting of the visitors, is to be, I understand, then, in which, we shall expect to see you, if not we shall have the pleasure of se[e]ing you at your own house as we go to Washington, which we propose doing next week. We hope that you are all...
It is with great reluctance that I have prevailed upon myself to address you, on the subject of this communication—Sustained however by the [commending] opinions of some of our most distinguished Citizens who entertain for you the profoundest respect and warmest friendship—and believing whatever may be your views that you cannot doubt for a moment the state of my feelings towards you or my...
I thank you for your kind letter of 29 April, which reached me at Newyork. This place is the residence of my only remaining sister, who is married to a Mr Herndon. I have been here a week; and, perhaps may remain a week or ten days longer; after which it is my intention to go on to my son’s near Charlottesville; but Montpellier being so much on the way, I must avail of your kind invitation as...
I send you herewith the principal documents which have been printed since the commencment of the Session. Should any be omitted, or should there be any information on any point not touched by them, which you may desire, or [ sic ] being so advised, I will communicate it. The Missouri question, as it is call’d, still engages the attention of Congress, & will probably do it, much longer. The...
General King of the district of Maine in Massachusetts, being desirous, of making you a visit, I take much pleasure in promoting his wishes by giving him this introduction to you. His steady & firm attachment to the principles of our govt., & support of it, in the late war, by very meritorious services, are known to you. I hope that you derive no inconvenience from this severe attack of cold...
My friend John Wright who has lately returned from Guayakill where he resided nearly two years, being a gentlement of much observation and takeing great interest in procuring every thing within his power that would add to the resources, or embellishment of the United States, amongst our s[ee]ds has brough New Zealand hemp; and is very anxious that it should be placed in the care of different...
In June last Mr Wilson presented your letter of the 5th of April, and I had much pleasure in attending to one so worthy. My son William has been with us about three weeks & feels greatly obliged by your kindnesses to him, as do all of us & pray you and the ladies to accept our grateful acknowlegements. My three sons, who have visited the land of their father, are so attached to it that I...
The unfavorable state of the weather since my arrival here, has kept me so much confind, that I have been unable, to pay, that attention to my affairs, that I should otherwise have done. I shall however be with you in the course of the insuing week. I send you a letter from Judge Nelson, & two from Mr. Appleton, which give the latest accounts, from them, of affairs in Spain. I send you also,...
The enclosed letters & documents have been put into my hands through the agency of Robert S. Rose, at this time a member of the N. York legislature. A perusal of them will give you at once a view of the object they have in view. Your answer is solicited at as early a moment as your leisure will admit, as their election takes place early in April. Be pleased to direct yr. answer to Smith...
It was a subject of very sincere regret, both, with me and my family, that from untoward circumstances we were deprived of the happiness of tendering to you and Mrs Madison, an affectionate farewell on the distant Journey we were about commencing—It will give you pleasure I am sure to learn that our voyage across the Atlantic, was so favorable as to exceed any one of the 145 passages, which...
The kindness with which you have always treated me, encourages me to consult you on the subject of an undertaking I have in contemplation. It has been proposed to me to write the Lives of some few of the most distinguished men of this country, in a manner somewhat different from what has been hitherto attempted by mingling more of their domestic habits and character, & confining the details to...
I take the liberty of enclosing you a Pamphlet, containing a revision of the Amendments to the constitution of the United States, which twenty two years since I presented to the Senate. Occurrances, since that period, furnish additional reasons for adopting some different mode of appointing a chief Magistrate, than the one now in practice——— I have a great dread of civil commotion, which would...
Mr Lawrance & Mr Jones of New York, young gentlemen of merit, well connected there, expressing a wish to visit you & Mr Jefferson, I have felt it due to the introduction they have presented me, to make them known to you. They intend to visit Europe in the Spring, & will I am satisfied, take much interest in bearing any letters from you, or being in any respect useful to you. With great respect...
Since the receipt of your last letter, application has been made to me, from citizens at Leesburg to know if I would act in the convention if elected, stating certain data, to which they were attached, with an intimation that they concluded that I was so likewise. I answered that altho’ there were many considerations, to induce me to remain at home, that I nevertheless, would act, if elected,...