James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Jacob Brown, [7 November] 1818

To Jacob Brown

[7 November 1818]

Dr. Sir

I have rcd. 2 copies of the proceedings of the Agr. Socy. of Jefferson Cy. in Sepr last:1 for wch. I see by the superscription on the Cover, I am indebted to yr. politeness. One of the Copies I have forwarded to the Scy. of our Society in the County of Albemarle in this State. The proceedings are an interesting Specimen of the fruits of such Institutions; and the interest taken in them by the cheif of the Mily. estabt. is not less honorable to him, than it is characteristic of the Nat: spirit which cherishes in those who ⟨can best?⟩ wield the sword, a veneration for the plough.

Draft (DLC). Undated; conjectural date assigned on the basis of Brown’s acknowledgement of this letter in Brown to JM, 31 Dec. 1818.

1Proceedings of the First Cattle Show and Fair, of the Agricultural Society of Jefferson County; September 1818 (Watertown, [N.Y.], 1818; 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 44459).

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