Sepr. 5. 1816
I recd. tho’ not at an early day your friendly letter of the 20th June last.
The letters & communications addressed to me on religious subjects, have been so numerous and of characters so various, that it has been an established rule to decline all correspondence on them. Your reflection will I doubt not do justice to this rule. You may be assured that I do it fully to the pious motives which dictated your letter, and that I am very thankful for the kind solicitude you express for my future happiness.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.