James Madison Papers

James Madison to Dennis A. Smith, 26 February 1825

Montpellier Feby. 26. 1825


I have received your letter of the 21st. in which you request me to express an opinion of your conduct at a critical period of the last War, particularly as a Loan Contractor with the public.

The lapse of time & absence of occasions for the recurrence of my memory to the transactions to which you were a party, not to mention my less intimate knowledge of them than that of the then Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Campbell, do not permit me to say more, & I should not do you justice in saying less, than that the general impression I retain of what passed, is favorable to your character as a deserving Citizen, and to your conduct in relation to the loans you furnished to the Government.

I thank you Sir, for your friendly wishes, and offer you the return which is due to them.

James Madison

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