Philada. 4 Jany 1826
General Lafayette is very anxious to possess a Work which he thus describes:
"Mr Madison’s Report on the federal Constitution, a work in which his opinion of federal & state rights is clearly expressed." I presume he means your Report of the Year 1798.
I have enquired of all our Booksellers for this work & have not been able to find it in this City. I would, & the General also would take it as a great favor, if you could inform me whether it is yet in print, & where a Copy can be obtained. It is my misfortune not to be possessed of it, therefore I do not know where it was printed. I have the honor to be With the highest veneration & respect Sir Your most obedt humble servt
Peter S. du Ponceau
Will you be so good as to present my best respects to Mrs Madison
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.