James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Delaplaine, 15 May 1812 (Abstract)

§ From Joseph Delaplaine1

15 May 1812, Philadelphia. Solicits JM’s “patronage to the Emporium of Arts & Sciences … not for the pecuniary value of the subscription, but for the honor of [his] name.” “Mr. Jefferson has favoured me with his name,” as have several members of Congress. Requests JM, if he approves, to write his name on the same paper. If JM declines, requests the return of the prospectus. Also asks that Jefferson’s letter be returned.2

RC (DLC). 1 p. Docketed by JM with a note at the foot of the page: “not subscribed, but $7. sent for one year.”

1Joseph Delaplaine (1777–1824) was a Philadelphia publisher. The first issue of his monthly magazine, Emporium of Arts and Sciences (Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 25345), which he published with John Redman Coxe, appeared in May 1812. The magazine continued until April 1813 (Van Horne, Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 3:223 and n. 1).

2Delaplaine had evidently forwarded JM a 30 Apr. 1812 letter he had received from Jefferson regarding his subscription to the Emporium (DLC: Jefferson Papers).

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