James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Edward Wyer, 11 February 1820

From Edward Wyer

Washington Februy. 11. 1820.

Dear Sir,

Permit me to offer you two iron casts of Washington the well beloved,1 which I had taken from my seal [sic] at Berlin last year. They are said to be good. Ever mindful of your kind attention to me during the time you was in public life, I remain Dear Sir, with all respect, Your devoted Servant. May the smiles of Heaven rest in your abode, and continue to make you happy.

Edwd. Wyer

P S. If you have any commands for the North of Europe, it will give me pleasure to take charge of them when I return in June next.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1These were probably cast-iron bas-reliefs of George Washington known as “Berlin castings,” made in Germany in the late eighteenth century as memorial jewelry and fashioned as brooches, rings, or pins (Stephen Decatur, “Washington Memorial Jewelry,” American Collector 8 [1939]: 6–7, 20).

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