James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Major Dana, 12 September 1819

To Major Dana

Sepr. 12. 1819

The motives you assign for your letter,1 among which is a sense of duty to your parents, are entitled to respect. Bu⟨t⟩ I can not encourage you to seek a fulfilment of them in this quarter. The modes of husbandry here are very different from those to which you are accustomed; and the labour is generally performed by negroes whom a stranger could not advantageously superintend. I can only wish you therefore a better prospect of success elsewhere.

James Madison

RC (owned by Butterfield & Butterfield, Los Angeles, Calif., 1997). Cover addressed by JM to “Major Dana / Peru post office / Berkshire County / Massachusetts,” and franked. Marked “Orange C H Va Sept. 16.” Major Dana (1797–1883) was born in Windsor, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He moved to Syracuse, New York, in 1834 and resided there until his death (Elizabeth Ellery Dana, The Dana Family in America [Cambridge, Mass., 1956], 202).

1Letter not found.

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