James Madison Papers

George Mason to James Madison, 10 December 1827

Green Springs near Williamsburg, Virginia
Decr 10th 1827—


While in Washington, a short time since, I was requested by your connection Mrs Cutts, to forward to you, some Copies of the enclosed Memorial—as you had expressed to her a wish to possess them—It is with great pleasure I comply—& avail myself of the first mail on my return home to do so—I hope they will reach you in due season & good condition—

With your kind permission, I will seize this occasion, to take the liberty of enquiring, whether there are in your possession, or if it is of your knowledge, where I could obtain any Letters, or other relics, on Political or moral Topics, of my late Grand-Father Col: George Mason?

For some years past, it has been one of the most pleasing occupations of my Life, to collect the scattered remains of a man, who his native State once delighted to honour, & who (without, I hope, an undue pride of ancestry) I can reflect with no little satisfaction, stood one of a constellation of genius, virtue & patriotism, rarely equalled, & never excelled in any age—

If it should be my good fortune, to gather together enough of what Time has spared of the emanations of his mind, to illustrate his character & career, I shall, with a short Biography, submit it to the press—with the hope, that the effort, however humble, will be pardoned as a tribute of filial piety, & not be perhaps, entirely unworthy the notice of the good People of that Land, he once loved so well—

Any contributions, which your long & intimate acquaintance with him, in so many scenes of difficulty & interest, may enable you to make, either in the shape of reminiscences, or original productions in your possession, for such an object, will be most gratefully recd: & remembered At your entire liesure, may I ask Sir, the honour of hearing from you on this subject—With the greatest veneration & respect Sir, your obt: servt:

G Mason

RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.

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