James Madison Papers

Horatio Gates Spafford to James Madison, 8 April 1824

Troy, N. Y., 4 Mo. 8, 1824.

Respected Friend—

As I once spoke or wrote to thee concerning a Gazetteer & Geography of the State of Virginia, I am anxious to have thee see my Gaz. & Geog. of New York, just published. It is a 3 dollar volume, octavo, 620 pages, & I wait thy instructions how to send it. When thou hast examined it, I should very much like to know thy opinion of it, particularly as to the freedom I have used in speaking of many matters besides mere Topography. My object has been a manly frankness, such as I think becomes a Republican, aiming only at truth.

I am soon to engage in a History of our Canals, for which I have collected the materials. Very respectfully, thy friend,

Horatio Gates Spafford.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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