Philadelphia Decr. 10. 1827
It has occurred to me that you might not be unwilling to contribute to the pages of the American Quarterly Review—a work with which, you are, I believe, acquainted. Some of the most distinguished men of the country have furnished articles, and it is probable that the best pens will continue to be auxiliary. It has the widest circulation. I will venture to mention to you, in absolute confidence that President Adams is the author of an article, published in the third Number on the British Navigation and Colonial System. Perhaps, you would not find it inconvenient, or inexpedient to treat now the subject of the formation of our Constitution, using an instructive part of the historical materials in your hands. You will pardon, I trust, this suggestion, which I have deemed it my duty to make both as an editor and an American citizen. In case you should desire to remain concealed with regard to what you may write, I can promise the strictest secrecy. It may serve as another excuse for addressing you thus that I delight in every opportunity of repeating the assurance of the profound respect & lively esteem with which I am, Dear Sir, Your faithful servant
Robert Walsh Jr
RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). Docketed by James Madison.