James Madison Papers

John H. J. Browere to James Madison, 24 June 1826

New York 24 June 1826

Much esteemed Sir

Yours of this month came to hand, the evidence of your personal good will is duly appreciated.

Mrs Browere begs me to tender to yourself and Lady Madison congratulations of health, and to render thanks for her condescension. Our young daughter has been named Dolley Madison Browere. The rehearsal of which will daily remind me of the flattering reception its father met with, while a transient resident of the beautiful domain of Montpellier.

Most cordially shall I accept your kind invitation to revisit the spot, most venerated to me, by the habitation of feeling, urbanity, erudition, and love. Most cordially should I delight once more to pay my devoirs to the gentleman & scholar—the Lady and friend of science! Per the Public vehicles of information, the expresident will perceive that I am preparing for the ensuing fourth day of July the full length statue of ex president Jefferson—to be placed, for that day, in the common council chamber. It was my request that each of the expresidents Busts should likewise be placed there but owing to previous arrangements I found it could not be done. Rest assured Dear Sir that if the Marble or the brass can hand down to posterity your esteemed features, the hand and chisel of Browere shall not want efforts. As a young Sculpture emulous of fame I received with great satisfaction the very kind and consolatory letter of Mr Jefferson—Its effects I hope, I trust will in some measure, turn the current of popular prejudice, which at present is great against my modus operandi, and that My Plan will finally triumph. Its evil tendency has been much felt by me. Many who, have, anteriously, desired me to execute their Busts, refused, for fear, on reading the reports of the Charlottsville Gazette, and Richmond Enquirer. If spared, previous to my departure for Panama, present your excellency with a finished Bust of your excellent Lady and submit to your inspection some other<s> Wishing you and your Spouse every earthly happiness. Be pleased to accept the salutations of your sincere friend

John H. J. Browere

P S. If, in your friendly intercourse with Mr. Jefferson you would intimate that I shall, God willing, visit the South in the Month of August next you will enhance my esteem—


RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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