James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Daniel Lescallier, 6 November 1817

From Daniel Lescallier

New York Novr. 6th. 1817

Hond. Sir

Permit me to offer you the first and last numbers at the same time, of a publication, being a translation from the persian language to which I have employed some time since my leisure hours.1 I shall be happy if it is agreable.

The explanation of your receiving the 1st. and 8th. or last at the same time, is that on the 12th. of may last I had given a letter of introduction to you, to one of our principal gentlemen from france, who had a great desire to visit you, and who having been obliged to change his scheme, has lately brought me the letter again.

Permit me to join one feeble voice to the numerous felicitations that have so amply decked your retreat from public affairs. May your example long influence the destinies of this country, and may you enjoy during a long period of years the happiness you so well deserve!

Permit me to take this opportunity of offering to your amiable and […] Lady my best wishes & respect. I am ⟨with⟩ a due respect Hon. Sir Your most obt. hble St


RC (DLC). Addressed by Lescallier to JM “at His Seat of Montpellier.” Cover docketed by JM. Torn.

1Baron Daniel Lescallier, The Enchanted Throne, an Indian Story Translated from the Persian Language (New York, 1817; 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 41242).

2Daniel Lescallier (1743–1822) was trained as a marine engineer and became an administrator in the French overseas empire, holding positions in India and the French West Indies. The compiler of a French-English marine dictionary, he wrote numerous books on administrative and marine topics, as well as translating a number of books from Persian. He was appointed French consul general to the United States in 1810 but was replaced after the fall of Napoleon (Biographie universelle [1843–65 ed.], 24:287–90; Lescallier to Thomas Jefferson, 12 May 1817 [CSmH]).

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