James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Duane, 16 April 1810

From William Duane

Phila. April 16, 1810


My son Wm. J. Duane will have the honor to present you this note, going to Washington on a matter of business his own wishes and my desire would not suffer me to scruple taking this liberty of making him known to you.

He goes to Washington with the View of prosecuting an undertaking which I formerly contemplated, the publication of an Edition of the laws of the U. S. upon a plan of which I had the honor, once personally and once by letter,1 to present to your attention. Any support which the undertaking may be entitled to, and which you may consider yourself fairly authorised to bestow is all he seeks, and which given to him will be most grateful to, Sir, your most obedt and respectful Sert

Wm Duane


1Duane had proposed to JM the publication of “an Edition of the Laws of the U States in a neat form, perfectly corresponding with the ideas of an index and arrangement which you were pleased to mention to me about two years ago” (Duane to JM, 8 Feb. 1808 [DLC]). This proposal eventually succeeded when his son, William John Duane, and John Bioren published Laws of the United States of America, from the 4th of March, 1789, to the 4th of March, 1815 … (5 vols.; Philadelphia, 1815; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801-1819 (22 vols. to date; New York, 1958-). description ends 36275).

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