James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Maury, 20 July 1822

From James Maury

Liverpool 20 July 1822

Dear Sir,

On the 24th Ulto I had the pleasure of presenting you a news paper, announcing the passage, in the Upper House, of a bill opening intercourse between the United States & the British Colonies in the vessells of each nation, which bill of course has become law.

On the 2d instant I had the honor to receive your letter of the 23d May; and it is indeed with pleasure that I see you had preferred the home, to a foreign, Market for your Tobaccoe, because I am pretty sure we could not have done as well for you here.

My eldest son,1 who was in the United States several years ago, lately returned thither; and should he happen to be in your part of the country, I hope he will have the opportunity of paying his respects to you: this poor fellow, from a very early period of life & during a great portion of it had been so afflicted with nervous affections as to preclude the opportunities of improvement, of which he otherwise would have been availed: this, added to a certain timidity, makes him appear to great disadvantage; but he is amiable & good: if you meet with him, may I recommend him to your friendly notice?

My son William hopes for the pleasure of revisiting you before long.

I pray you, the ladies & Mr Todd to accept my best wishes & regards. I hope my antient friend your good venerable parent still is in the enjoyment of comfortable health. I am your obliged friend & faithful servant

James Maury


1James Sifrein Maury (1797–1864) immigrated to Virginia in 1815 and returned to England in 1819. He went back to Virginia in 1822 and began farming a plantation called Ridgemont near Charlottesville, Virginia, which he sold in 1833. He died unmarried in New York (Maury, Intimate Virginiana, 53–55, 57, 59–60, 64, 69 n., 319).

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