James Madison Papers

From James Madison to John S. Skinner, 20 July 1822

To John S. Skinner

Montpellier July 20. 1822

Dear Sir

The sample of yellow Tobo. you were so good as to send came safe to hand. I have delayed my thanks in the hope that I might be able to return a leaf of the highest priced produced from the Virga. soil. In this I have been disappointed, all of that description in the Neighbourhood having been sent to Market. I regret it the less however, as you have probably been otherwise enabled to notice the contrast.

When you can snatch a moment to intimate my debt to the very valuable work you superintend1 it shall be paid.With much esteem & friendly respects

James Madison

RC (owned by Butterfield & Butterfield, Los Angeles, Calif., 1997); draft (DLC). RC addressed and franked by JM to Skinner at Baltimore. Docketed by Skinner, with his note: “ansd.—Tobacco Sent.” The undated draft is adhered to Skinner to JM, 3 July 1822.

1Skinner was the editor of the Baltimore American Farmer.

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