James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Calvin Jones, 28 June 1819

To Calvin Jones

Montpellier June 28. 1819


The Copy of your proposals for publishing “The Farmer’s Magazine” has been a good while in my hands,1 without obtaining subscriptions; owing doubtless to the number of agricultural publications less remote, as well as to other causes at present concurring. For myself I find it more and more expedient not [to] multiply engagements, especially those of indefinite continuation.2 Having much confidence in the source as well as value for the object of the “Farmers Magazine” I shall with pleasure express both by taking the publication for one year, without the formality of a subscription; and will remit the price as soon as the receipt. of a number shall inform me that the work is issuing from the press. I tender you my friendly respects.

James Madison

RC (NcU: Southern Historical Collection); partial draft (DLC). Calvin Jones (1775–1846) was born in Massachusetts where he trained to be a physician. In 1795 he moved to North Carolina, served as an officer in the state militia, as a member of the state legislature, 1799, 1802, and 1807, and as a trustee of the University of North Carolina. Between 1808 and 1815 he was co-publisher of the Raleigh Star. In 1832 he retired from his medical practice and moved to Bolivar, Tennessee, where he became a planter. Always interested in agricultural science, he floated the idea of a farmer’s magazine in 1819, without success.

1On 18 Feb. 1819 Jones sent JM a one-page printed broadside entitled “Proposals for publishing in the City of Raleigh a new periodical work, to be entitled The Farmer’s Magazine.” On the verso Jones had written: “For Mr. Madison with the respect of Calvin Jones,” and JM had docketed it “answd. by a promise to take for one year, & to send the price on receivg a no.” JM’s copy is in the Rives Collection of the Madison Papers at the Library of Congress.

2Partial draft ends here.

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