James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Benjamin Silliman, 9 June 1820

From Benjamin Silliman

New Haven June 9. 1820.


I learned with some mortification that my printed circular relative to the Journal of Science had been forwarded to you—which was contrary to my intentions. I beg leave however to return my thanks for your very handsome treatment of the subject & to acknowledge the receipt of the 5$ enclosure.

I hope you will not think me presuming if I take the liberty of forwarding the 1st. No of Vol 2 (recently from the press)1 & the remainder of that Vol whenever it shall appear requesting you to receive them as a mark of my respect, & disclaiming any additional remuneration, & any obligation on your part to continue the work. I remain with very great respect Your very oblgd & obt hble Servt

B Silliman

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Silliman referred to his American Journal of Science, and Arts. In 1818 he had sent JM a prospectus for this new journal (see Silliman to JM, 3 Mar. 1818, PJM-RS description begins David B. Mattern et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Retirement Series (2 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 2009–). description ends 1:227–28 and n. 1).

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