James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Lewis Madison, 22 April 1813

From Robert Lewis Madison

Carlisle College April 22th, 1813

Dear Uncle

I arrived at this place the wednesday after I left washington and was extremely gratified to find the College in every respect, such a one as I could have wished, their are a good many professors & all of them considered men of eminence in their several professions. The situation of Carlisle is Very well adapted to a seminary of learning. It is remarkably healthy. The scenery beautiful & picturesque, and their is no incentive to Vice & dissipation. Their are two debating institutions & I have become a member of the union Philosophical society, which has a Very well selected historical library containing nearly nine hundred Volumes. I presented your letter to Judge Cooper and met with a very polite reception from him he appears to be a man of Very extensive information & of very great industry.1 I have been Very unwell since my arrival here & it is rather painful to me to write, so I must conclude by subscribing myself yr. affectionate neph⟨ew.⟩

R.L. Madiso⟨n⟩

RC (NN). Docketed by JM.

1No letter from JM to Thomas Cooper dated in the spring of 1813 has been found. The letter probably introduced Robert Madison and encouraged Cooper to pursue the investigation of Congreve rockets that he proposed and described in his letters to JM of 18 Feb. and 22 May 1813.

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