James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elbridge Gerry, 26 January 1813

From Elbridge Gerry


Cambridge 26 Jany 1813

Dear Sir,

Accept my sincere thanks for your friendly favor, without date;1 & for the cheerful manner of your meeting my request. At the time prescribed, & before the District Judge & a circle of my friends, I propose to take the oath, agreably to your information; unless it should be requisite, for public purposes, to be then at Washington, in which event I shall claim no indulgence.

Nothing delights me more, than the prospect of paying my respects to my Virginian Friends, & to yourself & your Lady, in a particular manner. Long absence sublimates friendship, & produces a due estimation of it’s worth. Accept my best wishes & respects, & altho unknown, present them to Mrs Madison. Yours very sincerely dear Sir

E. Gerry

RC (DLC); FC (owned by Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Sang, Chicago, Ill., 1958). RC docketed by JM. FC marked “answer”; written on the verso of the cover of JM to Gerry, 5 Jan. 1813.

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