James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Charles Jared Ingersoll, 10 January 1811

From Charles Jared Ingersoll

Philadelphia 10 January 1811

The author of Inchiquins Letters on the United States,1 who has the honor of being known to the President,2 begs his acceptance of one of the earliest published copies of that work; which, as it was undertaken with a view of putting this country in good humour with itself, by endeavouring to expose the prejudices that prevent its proper estimation, the author hopes will not be unacceptable, in design, however imperfect the execution may be thought, to the person, who, with so much credit to himself and advantage to the community, fills the chief magistracy.

As for the present, at least, the author’s name is not to be made known, if ever, he requests the President not to communicate his knowledge that the Letters were written here, and not, as they purport, abroad.

The copy for the President will be forwarded by the same mail that carries this note.

RC (DLC). Unsigned. Docketed by JM, “Ingersoll C. J.”

1[Charles Jared Ingersoll], Inchiquin, the Jesuit’s Letters, during a Late Residence in the United States of America.… By Some Unknown Foreigner (New York, 1810; 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 20436).

2See Jared Ingersoll to JM, 28 Jan. 1810 (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (3 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 2:210).

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