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William Cranch to James Madison, 24 July 1835

Washington D. C. 24th. July 1835

Sir .

I have the honor to inform you that you have been, this day, unanimously elected President of the Washington National Monument Society, in the place of our late lamented President, your friend & co-patriot, Chief Justice Marshall.

That great and good man felt a deep interest in the object of this association; the erection of a great National Monument to the memory of him who was "first in War—first in Peace—and first in the hearts of his Country men."

This is proposed to be done by Contributions not exceeding one dollar by each person; and it is intended that every white inhabitant of the United States shall have an opportunity of contributing, and of enrolling his name and that of each member of his family, in testimony of his gratitude.

No one can, more justly than yourself, estimate the loss which this society has sustained by the death of its illustrious President; but great as it is, we feel it much alleviated by the hope that you will accept the office to which you have been unanimously, and most respectfully, elected.

The society is just beginning to collect contributions, and the sanction of your name to the object will inspire a confidence that the hopes of the Contributors will not be dissappointed. With the highest respect and veneration, I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedt. Servt

W. Cranch.

1st. Vice President of the Washington National Monument Society.

RC (DLC); FC (DNA: Washington National Monument Society, Correspondence of Secretary). FC dated 20 July, with the notation: "Mr. Madison was born in 1751, & is now 84 years old. (July 20, 1835.)"

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