James Madison Papers

James Madison to William Wirt, 5 May 1828

Montpr. May 5. 1828

Dear Sir

I cannot better comply with the wish of Mr. Eppes, than by committing to your perusal the inclosed letter just recd. from him. You are probably not ignorant of his great worth and the entire confidence due to whatever facts he may state, and will I am sure feel every appropriate disposition to favor the young friend he so warmly recommends as far as propriety will admit

Will you permit me to remind you of the letters from Mr. Pendleton, sent you some years ago when you were gathering materials for the Biography of Mr. Henry. I am now putting into final arrangement the letters of my Correspondents, and those in question, tho’ as far as I recollect, of no peculiar importance will fill a gap left in a series from a particularly valued friend. You will oblige me therefore by enabling me to make that use of them. I ask the favor of you also, to return at due time the letter from Mr. Eppes, which I may have occasion to answer. I beg you my dear Sir to be assured of my continued esteem, & to accept my cordial salutations.

Draft (DLC).

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