James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 5 May 1802

From Thomas Jefferson

May 5. 1802.

Th: J. to J. Madison

I think it is dean Swift who says that a present should consist of something of little value, & which yet cannot be bought for money.1 I send you one strictly under both conditions. The drawing was made by Kosciusko for his own use, and the engraving also I believe.2 He sent me four copies, the only ones which have come to America. The others I give to my family, and ask yourself & mrs. Madison to accept of the one now sent.

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