James Madison Papers

To James Madison from David Gelston, 3 April 1807


New York April 3d. 1807

Dear Sir,

I have had the honor to receive your letter of [  ] with its enclosure, and have given it all the attention, the magnitude of the subject requires, and it is with regret, that I confess my limited knowledge of the subjects submitted, and the difficulty under existing circumstances of acquiring information, forbid in me a belief, that I can give any aid to you on subjects that have been so often discussed, and acted on by much abler minds than mine.

I should have accounted myself very happy, to have been able to give you any useful opinions, and I again repeat, that it is with great regret I confess my inability, to be of any service to you on the questions submitted. I have the honor to be, with great respect, Sir, your obedient servant,

David Gelston

DLC: Papers of James Madison.

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