James Madison Papers

James Madison to Nicholas P. Trist, 12 October 1828

Montpellier Ocr. 12. 1828.

Dear Sir

I have just recd. the inclosed letter, under cover of one from Mr. Clay to me. Be your decision on the subject of it what it may, it gives me pleasure that an option is afforded. It appears to be an expectation that in the event of your becoming a resident in Washington a removal of Mrs. Randolph thither would take place. But I know not that such a condition could be implied if her personal gratification were otherwise equally promoted.

I recd. at the same time your letter of the 9th. with the two journals of the Board of Visitors. If I were not ashamed of imposing the tax on you at such a moment, I should take it as a favor if you could once more sketch the proper Report from the Rector for the Legislature. It must embrace I suppose the proceedings of the Board at the late as well as the July Session. But quere whether the late should not be reported by the Rector pro: tem:

I observe an error running thro’ the newspapers, not excepting the Virga. Advocate, which misleads the Readers in their calculations of the price of Wheat in the British Market. The error lies in making the Quarter consist of 8 bushels of 70 lb. each, amounting to 560 lb; instead of 8 Winchester bushels (the same with ours) weighing each 60 lb. and amounting only to 480 lb. When a bushel by name is referred to, it means one of 70 lb. When a quarter is named, it refers always to Winchester Bushels of 60 lb.

Whatever may be the future arrangements for the Family, we hope to be gratified with the promised visit. I beg to join Mrs. M. in best wishes for Mrs. Trist & affectionate remembrances to you all

James Madison

RC and enclosure (DLC: Nicholas P. Trist Papers); draft (DLC).

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