James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Walsh Jr., 30 September 1819

From Robert Walsh Jr.

Philadelphia Sepr. 30th. 1819

My dear Sir

I take the liberty of sending you a book which I have just cast upon the American public, in an angry mood.1 It’s object you will perceive in looking at the Preface; and you may discover in passing your eye over the section relating to our negro-slavery, the use to which I have put some of the valuable observations which you so kindly communicated to me in the winter. I have not allowed myself time to do to the subject, even that degree of justice which it might have been in my power to render. If I can procure the materials for the second part, of which I am in pursuit, I will produce what will be more creditable to myself & to the Country.

The present volume is too ponderous, but it contains a great many facts, with which our youth particularly ought to be acquainted. You will be pleased to accept anew the assurance of the lively respect with which I am, Dear Sir, Your faithful & obt. Servt.

Robert Walsh jr

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Robert Walsh Jr., 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). Walsh obeyed JM’s stricture not to refer to him by name (see JM to Walsh, 2 Mar. 1819) but used portions of JM’s letter in his arguments on pages 407–8.

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