James Madison Papers

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, 22 December 1828

Montpellier Decr. 22. 1828

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 7th. post marked 9th. has but just come to hand, the 14th. day from its date. I need not, I am sure, express the pleasure I shall feel in contributing any thing in my power towards the object of it. The paper you inclosed was sketched with a view, as I recollect, to a prospectus for the information of subscribers, but may be so varied as to make part of a preface; whether with as much detail, is a point for consideration. The Sketch was limited to the Memorial, which I presume is now to form one of the   volumes. Of the contents of the others, I have not a sufficient knowledge, to make any particular reference to them; happening, unluckily, not to find what has been published on the subject. I must ask the favor of you, therefore, to give me such an intimation of the matters which are to compose the additional volumes as will answer that purpose. Be so good as to intimate also the time within which the paper will be wanted for the printer. I write to the Chairman of the Faculty by the present mail on the subject of the bequeathed books, that there may be no delay in the delivery of them to your order. With great esteem & regard

James Madison

RC (owned by Mr. Carl Haverlin, 589 Fifth Avenue, New York 17, N.Y.); draft (DLC).

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