New York 26 July 1828
Most respected Sir
Time perhaps has caused a forgetfulness of memory; if so, the undersigned, is fearful that his name doth not often intimate itself to your recollection. But, dear Sir the writer cannot never will fortget the hospitality he experienced at Montpellier. The Mansion that contains the forms of Ex president Madison & Lady is repeatedly & often before my eyes. As if personally present, I hear your voices in converse, and listen to the falling words of erudition. Believe Dear Sir, Dear Madam, I look back with much gratification to that period, that short period in which I was an inmate to the rites of hospitality, and oft regret that it were not in my lot to be higher resident to you. The climate, the manners, and customs of the people being congenial to my feelings.
May I once again have the pleasure of a short converse? It being my determination in the ensuing spring to revisit Europe, I have concluded to complete "The national Gallery of Busts and Statues" as soon as possible, and to visit each section of the Union with a portion thereof viz. Washington, Franklin, Paul Jones, Lafayette, Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Adams Jr. Jay, Clinton, Porter, Clay, Mitchell, & Van Wart.
Having expended 12087 dollars in the procuration of the Specimens, it is deemed advisable, in order to further prosecution of the plan, to exhibit the Same in various places anterior to their completion in Bronze Metal, and to a determined fixed place. And therefore while on my tour, at Fredericksburgh, or Richmond I could visit our friends at Montpelier without any disarrangement of plans—
The Busts of Ex president Madison & Lady are completed in a neat & chaste Style, one of the latter is intended to be presented as a memorial of my sincere regard for the family—
Hoping the pleasure of a few lines, containing an intimation of your health, I remain truly yours &c
John H. J. Browere
Sparta near Mt. Pleasant
RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.