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From James Madison to William C. Somerville, 22 May 1823

To William C. Somerville

Montpellier May 22. 1823

J. Madison presents his respects to Mr. Somerv⟨ille⟩ with thanks for the volume on the past & present S⟨tate⟩ of France, recieved with his letter of the 9th. instant. Oth⟨er⟩ engagements have not permitted him to give it more than desultory glances. From these he thinks himself warranted in inferring a diligence of research, and a spirit of observation in the Author, from which a valuable work on such a subject might be expected.

RC (NjP: Jasper E. Crane Collection of James and Dolley Madison); draft (DLC). RC extensively damaged at right edge; parts of words in angle brackets have been supplied from the draft. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted.

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