James Madison Papers

James Madison to Robert Walsh Jr., 22 November 1826

Montpr. Nov 22. 1826

Dear Sir

I have recd. your letter of the 16th. referring to the prospectus of "the American Quarterly Review." I learn with pleasure that our literary resources have suggested a periodical work, which, under the conducting hand, obtained for it, must extend whilst it employs them. Few things would coincide more with my inclination, than to be a productive correspondent. But at my now advanced Stage of life and with claims on my time which happen not to decrease as the remnant of that does, I dare not promise more than the best wishes, that the success of the Undertaking may equal its merits, and its prospects. I am not even at present aware that my files contain any thing of a character and form, adapted at once, to the Epoch, and to the plan & objects of the Review. On a contrary supposition the motive not to withold it would be strengthened by that of evincing the personal confidence & great esteem, of which I pray you to be always assured

J. M.

Tho’ sufficiently taught not to disregard the Scotch Memento that many a little makes a mickle, I must request you to have my name put on the list of subscribers to the Review; for which I must find a balancing erasure some where else.

Draft (DLC).

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