James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Walsh Jr., 5 December 1817

From Robert Walsh Jr.

Washington Decr. 5th. 1817

Immediately on the publication of the 2d. Vol. of the American Register, in the month of August last, I requested the publisher to send a copy, in my name, to Mr. Madison. Having been informed by Mr. Todd, at Montpellier, that it had not been received there, I, again, on my return to Baltimore, gave the same directions. These, I fear, were not complied with, as I was informed, a few days ago, that Mr. Cutts was in search of the work for Mr. Madison. I took the liberty of requesting Mr. Cutts to allow me to execute my original intentions; which I now venture to do, tendering at the same time my most respectful compts. & grateful recollections to Mr. Madison & his Family.

Robert Walsh Jr.1

RC (DLC). Addressed by Walsh to JM. Docketed by JM.

1Robert Walsh Jr. (1784–1859) was a Philadelphia journalist and Federalist editor of various periodicals, including the American Register (1809–10), the American Review of History and Politics (1811–12), and the American Quarterly Review (1827–37). In addition, Walsh co-published a newspaper, the National Gazette and Literary Register (1820–35), and wrote a number of books, An Appeal from the Judgments of Great Britain Respecting the United States of America (Philadelphia, 1819; 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 50024), among them. Walsh also served as professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania (1818–28), and concluded his career as U.S. consul general at Paris (1844–51).

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