James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Delaplaine, 11 October 1820

From Joseph Delaplaine

Philadelphia 11 Octobr 1820

Dear sir,

At the request of the author,1 I have the honour of transmitting to you, for your kind acceptance, a volume of poetry,2 for your good opinion of which, I know he would feel much gratified.

An elementary book for the use of schools,3 new in its design & arrangement, will be issued from the press by the same author, in a fee [sic] months; at which time I shall have the pleasure of sending to you a copy. With very high regard, I am, dear sir, your very obed. St,

Joseph Delaplaine

RC (DLC). Addressed by Delaplaine to JM. Docketed by JM.

1Charles Mead was the principal of the Franklin Academy of Philadelphia (Albert Picket and John W. Picket, The Academician, Containing the Elements of Scholastic Science and the Outlines of Philosophic Education [New York, 1820], 143).

2Charles Mead, Mississippian Scenery; A Poem, Descriptive of the Interior of North 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 48656).

3Charles Mead, The School Exercise, Containing a Course of Lessons, in Which the Various Branches of Education are Introduced as Subjects for Reading in Schools (Philadelphia, 1820). An extract of JM to Delaplaine, 12 Feb. 1822, was included among the “recommendations” in the second edition of this work (Philadelphia, 1823; Shoemaker 13275).

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