James Madison Papers

James Madison to John Henry Sherburne, 28 April 1825

Montpellier April 28. 1825

Dear Sir

I have recd. your letter of the 23d. inclosing a copy of your prospectus of a biography of J. P. Jones.

The subject you have chosen for your pen, gives you an opportunity of doing justice to an individual, whose heroism will fill a very brilliant page in the history of the American Revolution.

I am sorry it is not in my power to add to the Materials you have derived from other sources. I must regret also that my persona<l> acquaintance with Capt: Jones was so slight & transient, that I ought not to attempt a view of his character, such as you seem to desire; much less such as would be worthy of the public eye. His bust by Houdon is an exact likeness; pourtraying well the characteristic features stamped on the coutenance of the Original.

Whenever you may find it convenient to make the visit to Mr. M. and myself, recommended by your father & your Uncle, our welcome of you will be the more cordial, as it will at the same manifest our friendly recollections of both of them. With respect & good wishes.

James Madison

RC (Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland); FC (DLC).

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