James Madison Papers

From James Madison to John Adams, 5 August 1819

To John Adams

Montpellier Aug. 5. 1819

Dear Sir

I pay with much pleasure the debt of thanks for the copy of Mr. Wells’s Oration so kindly forwarded by you.1 It is a concise and well presented view of the great event celebrated, with a judicious selection of circumstances proper to be combined with it. I avail myself of this as of every occasion of renewing to you assurances of my high esteem and best wishes.

James Madison

RC (DSI–AC: Adams–Clement Collection). Addressed by JM to Adams at Quincy, Massachusetts, and franked. Cover marked “Orange C H Va August 7.” Docketed by Adams.

1No forwarding letter has been found, but Adams sent a copy of Samuel Adams Wells, An Oration, Pronounced July 5, 1819, at the Request of the Republicans of the Town of Boston, in Commemoration of the Anniversary of American Independence (Boston, 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 50088).

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