James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Junius Johnson Jr., 10 December 1822

From Junius Johnson Jr.

Richmond Dec. 10th. 1822.

Respected Sir,

Permit a stranger to take the liberty of asking a favor at your hands. Aware of your devotion to literature and the improvement of your country’s youth, I know that you will grant it with the utmost cheerfulness.

I am about to commence the study of a course of history, preparatory to that of the law; and having seen the one selected by yourself, am anxious to obtain it.1 The only means, at present suggested by which it can be done is by an application to you, which I now respectfully make. I am Sir, yours with the highest veneration and esteem

Junius Johnson Jr.

RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). Docketed by JM.

1This may have been the plan of reading JM shared with his nephew, Edgar Macon (see Macon to JM, 12 Sept. 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 1:355).

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