To Sarah Bowdoin
Washington June 6. 1812
J. Madison has received the little volume which Mrs. Bowdoin has had the goodness to send him. The sensibility which he begs leave to express to her, is much quickened, by his high respect for the memory of the distinguished Patriot, to whom the public is indebted for the valuable Legacy.1
1. James Bowdoin, U.S. minister to Spain from 1804 to 1808, had died in October 1811. Possibly JM had received a copy of the eulogy delivered by Thaddeus Mason Harris, A Tribute of Respect, to the Memory of the Hon. James Bowdoin, Esq. in a Sermon, Preached at Dorchester, October 27, 1811 (Boston, 1811; 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 22969).