James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Alexander Otis, 31 January 1821

From George Alexander Otis

Philadelphia January 31st. 1821.


I feel very sincerely obliged by your letter of 17th instant, and by the general benignity with which you have deigned to view my undertaking. I now have the honor of transmitting you the last volume of the Translation, which if honored with your approbation will reward me for all my toils in a task, which if it does not yield me reputation I fear will yield me nothing.

The venerable J. Adams, after having finished reading the 1st and 2d volume of the translation, has waived his objections entirely; and compliments me in high terms. He agrees with many other gentlemen [“]that the Translation has great merit, has raised a monument to my name, and performed a valuable Service to my Country.” &c. &c.1 I have the honor to be, with the most Sincere veneration, Your obliged humble Servant

George Alexander Otis

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Adams to Otis, 16 Jan. 1821 (printed in the Daily National Intelligencer, 14 Feb. 1821).

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