James Madison Papers

Nicholas P. Trist to James Madison, December 1826

Dr Sir

When I came to make a copy of the report, I was stopped at the first step, by the want of a caption. How was this difficulty to be got over? I could not communicate with you on the subject, without a loss of time that might add still more to the delay of the report. I have determined therefore on the following course. To transpose a portion of body upon the shoulders—thus making a head of it—to leave a vacant space for this or any other caption you may determine on—to commence the fair copy at the point from whence there is no occasion for alteration—and send it to you thus, for your signature. On its return, I will prefix whatever you direct & it will then be ready to be transmitted; without the necessity of further communication with you. Accept My usual salutations

N. P. Trist

Do not forget that a pamphlet is to go in the envelope of your communication to the President of the L Fund

RC and enclosure (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book). The enclosure is a summary report on the University of Virginia.

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