James Madison Papers

James Madison to R. C. Jones and Others, 1 December 1827

[December 1827]

Your letter of the 17. has been duly recd. My respect, for every Institution having in view the culture of the Mind, & for the kind motives of the Society you represent, does not permit [ ] to decline the honorary membership conferred on me, however sensible I may be that it cannot be due to any anticipated advantage from it. The Society I doubt not will best devise an appropriate motto. In compliance with you request I suggest for consideration & comparison the two following

Libertas et Literæ, conservatores custodes [mutue]

Literæ Libertatis et decus et testamen (condonsodles ind po[ ])

The birth of which you enquire the date was on the 16. M. S. of Mar. 1751 With friendly respects & good wishes

J. M.

Draft (DLC).

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