James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Samuel Spring, 12 September 1795

From Samuel Spring

Newbury-Port Septemr 12. 1795

My Friend,

As I have not seen you since we graduated I can’t but resume College freedom.1 Let me therefore introduce to your notice and favour President Balch2 from the S. W. Territory. He is a Gentleman of abilities and reputation. Having made the tour of the United States to socilut [sic] donations for Greenvill College, he wishes for the acknowled influence of Mr Maddison to induce Congress to make a grant of lands for the benifit of the infant Institution in the S. W. Territory. Pray, Sir, furnish the Lads in that distant Territory with advantages not only to illuminate College but the western world. I think that after being acquainted with Mr Balch and the design you will with pleasure carry a point for him greatly in favour of learning & needful information in that dark and gloomy part of our world. Dear Sir excuse my freedom, encourage me to write you again, by writing me once; & let me with a most cordial, grateful remembrance of College intimacy & friendship subscribe your friend & hume Ser

Samuel Spring

RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). Docketed by JM.

1On Spring, minister at Newburyport, Massachusetts, and JM’s classmate at the College of New Jersey, see Harrison, Princetonians, 1769–1775, pp. 166–71.

2The Reverend Hezekiah Balch was president of Greeneville College (see John Sevier to JM, 13 Feb. 1795, PJM description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (1 vol. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 15:471–72 and n. 1).

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