James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Isaac Briggs, 17 May 1803

From Isaac Briggs

Sharon 17th. of the 5th. month 1803

My dear Friend,

I take the freedom of introducing to thee, and to thy amiable family, my youngest brother Joseph Briggs:1 having derived both gratification and instruction from my acquaintance with thee, I am anxiously desirous that my brother, whom I tenderly love, may have a small taste of the same benefits.

My brother goes with me—he has heard much on what I deem the wrong side of the New Orleans question, and as I think I have heard it more clearly and explicitly stated, and the merits and probable tendencies of different measures better exhibited by thee than by any other person, I wish my brother may receive correct information from the same esteemed source.

May I hope that a conception so capable of extensive future utility as The American Board of Agriculture will not prove an abortion, for want of a little zealous care during gestation?2

Repeat to thy amiable consort assurances of my respect and esteem; which are offered to thy acceptance also, by thy sincere friend,

Isaac Briggs.

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