James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Gimbrede, 3 March 1812

From Thomas Gimbrede

New york March the 3th 1812.


Having observed with pleasure that the Citizens of the United States of America, always have paid much deference to their first Magistrates! and in a manner that does a great deal of honour to both; I have conceived that a print representing the four Presidents; would be very desirable and pleasing to the dispassionate and true Americans.

Having done the best of my abilities in the execution of it, my Sincere wishes are that in your Estimation! it might possess merit Enough to be accepted by you. I am with Esteem and high Consideration your most obedient humble Servant

Thos. Gimbrede1

P. S. If it Should not on my part; intruding to much on your important occupations? I would thank your exellency, to forward two of them to the honourable Thos. Jeffersson—expresident of the United States.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Enclosure not found.

1French-born Thomas Gimbrede (1781–1832) had been working as an engraver, miniaturist, and teacher of drawing in New York since 1802. He made an engraving of Jefferson on the occasion of his retirement from the presidency in 1809. From 1819 to 1832 Gimbrede taught drawing at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (Groce and Wallace, Dictionary of Artists in America, 1564–1860, p. 260; Noble E. Cunningham, Jr., The Image of Thomas Jefferson in the Public Eye: Portraits for the People, 1800–1809 [Charlottesville, Va., 1981], pp. 84–85).

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