James Madison Papers

James Madison to Richard Riker, 26 March 1827

Montpellier Mar 26. 1827


With your letter of February 26 I received the Copy of Mr. Coldens Memoir on the New York Canals transmitted by order of the Corporation of the City

The very interesting Memoir with the variety of annexed documents having relation to the signal event commemorated, form an instructive gift to the present generation and will be a proud legacy to its descendants

I must add that the work has an attractive feature also in its successful specimens of the new and promising art of Lithography. Nor would it be proper to overlook the handsome exterior given to the volume by the accomplished hand which executed it

May you Sir, to communicate to the Corporation the acknowledgments due for this additional mark of kind attention, and to accept for yourself assurances of my particular esteem & consideration

James Madison

RC (owned by Jasper E. Crane, Wilmington, Delaware); draft (DLC).

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