James Madison Papers

James Madison to A. G. Slaughter, 1 August 1825

Aug. 1. 1825

I recd. Sir, some time ago, your favour of June 7 inclosing a sample of the Vicuna wool, and I would ask you to excuse an unintentional delay in thanking you for it.

I am not sure that I had before seen the article in its unwrought State: I have often seen the delicate fabric made of it, which is understood to have been a monopoly of the Spanish Court, and obtained thence as a special favor only.

The introduction of the race producing such a fleece into the U. S. has been spoken of; and might not perhaps be frustrated by the difference of physical circumstances. It is worthy of experiment at least, where favorable opportunities present themselves. With friendly respects

J. M

Draft (DLC).

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