James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Elkanah Watson, 12 May 1820

To Elkanah Watson

May 12. 1820

I have recd. Sir1 the little volume on Canals & Agricl Societies2 wch. you have been so obliging as to send me.

The subjects of the publication, with the source from which it proceeds, sufficiently recommend it to the perusal which I shall take the first convenient leisure for giving it. In the mean time, I offer you my thanks with the renewed expression of my esteem & my friendly respects.

Draft (DLC); letterbook copy (N: Elkanah Watson Papers). Draft written at the foot of Watson to JM, 3 May 1820. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted.

1The letterbook copy has “from Mr Steele” here. This was Daniel Steele (1772–1828), a bookbinder and bookseller in Albany, New York, and the publisher of Watson’s “little Volume” (Daniel Steele Durrie, Steele Family. A Genealogical History of John and George Steele, (Settlers of Hartford, Conn.) 1635–6, and Their Descendants … (Albany, N.Y., 1862), 22.

2See Watson to JM, 3 May 1820, and n. 1.

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