James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Enoch Reynolds, [ca. 10–29] February 1820

To Enoch Reynolds

Montpr. [ca. 10–29] Feby. 1820

Dr. Sir

I have recd. your favor of the 8th. inst. When I subscribed for two copies of the newly edited “Declaration of Independence,[”] It is probable that I expected they would have been ready for delivery, previous to the expiration of my official term; and that one of them was intended for a piece of wall furniture in the Presidents House. I feel myself however bound to take both, and mention the circumstance only as explaining my preference of one of the Copies elegantly framed, to the 2 without frames; if it be entirely agreeable to the party interested in the sale to allow this option. Should this not be the case, I shall satisfy myself with the 2 unframed ones. In either case payment will be remitted by a private opportunity in a few days, with an intimation of the best mode of forwarding the one or the two.

Draft (DLC). Day of month not indicated; conjectural day assigned based on internal evidence.

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