James Madison Papers

Thomas H. Palmer to James Madison, 10 March 1825

Philadelphia, March 10th 1825.


Knowing that you feel an interest in whatever relates to the improvement of the rising generation, I have taken the liberty of sending you a few copies of a plan of education for a small class of young ladies, which I flatter myself will be found an improvement on the prevailing systems. Should you coincide with me in opinion, after a perusal of the "Outlines," it wd. confer an obligation on me, if you would hand the copies sent to such of your neighbours & friends as have daughters to educate, & are able to afford the expence of sending them to a distance.

The gentlemen to whom I refer for my character & abilities, are, no doubt, most of them known to you by reputation. Mr. Sergeant was in the Senate of the U. S. a few years ago; & Dr. Rush is the brother of our minister at London.

My object is not the acquisition of wealth, but merely that of securing a comfortable livelihood, with an agreeable occupation I have accordingly put my terms, although my class is so limited, as low as the boarding-schools in the city, in which the number of pupils is unlimited, namely $300 per annum.

I have also taken the liberty of sending you "A Chart of the Constitutions of the United States," which I compiled a few years ago, which you may possibly have seen in the "American Atlas," as I allowed Mr. Carey to have the use of it for that work. I am, Sir, With much respect, Your obedt. servt.

Thos. H. Palmer.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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