Philadelphia 26. Feby. 1817.
I have flattered myself that you would not be disinclined to patronize a Publication of my father’s life and writings. His last years were devoted to your service, and his exertions were, I beleive, rewarded by your friendship as well as by your applauses. Will it be conferring too great a favour to permit the appearances of your name on the page of dedication? And, should you think my undertaking laudable, may I be allowed to make public the expression of your approbation?
It is wholly unnecessary to add that I should deem the success of the work certain, were it prefaced by your sanction. I have the honor to be With great respect Sir Yr. mo: obed. Sert.
Geo M. Dallas
DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.