James Madison Papers

James Madison to Byrd C. Willis, 13 April 1825

Apl. 13. 1825

Dr. Sir

I did not receive your letter of the 6th till yesterday. Altho’ I have been for a considerable time retiring from such interpositions as it requests, I have so far departed from the general rule, as to drop a few lines to the Secretary of War, which you will forward from Fredericksbg. I wish there may be a proper opening for success of your son; but it is very questionable whether, an insuperable difficulty may not arise from the preoccupancy of all the space allotted to Virga. in the Military Academy.

I am sorry the badness of the roads deprived me of the pleasure of your intended visit. I hope you will find opportunities to make amends for the disappt. With our best regards to Mrs. accept my friendly respects

J [M]

Draft (DLC).

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