James Madison Papers

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, 28 February 1829

Montpellier. Feby. 28. 1829

Dear Sir

I recd by the last mail from Mr Trist the inclosed copies of two letters from your Grandfather, to be forwarded to you. He suggested at the same time for consideration, whether what is said of pamphlets in the letter to Mr Adams might not clash with his comment on those sent by me. But a little candor would readily reconcile the two passages. A literal consistency indeed results from the order of dates in the two letters.

Mr Trist requested my attention also to the remarks on Col. Hamilton. The implied charge of a connection with the Insurrection in Tenne: and the express one of dishonorable agency in a presidential Election, are certainly of a serious character, and can hardly fail to produce calls for proof by those sympathizing most with the fame of the accused: and if this cannot be conveniently found, an anticipation of the calls may have a just influence on the question of publishing the charges. Your own judgment will best decide on the question.

Having heard of the case of typhus fever conveyed to Edgehill, we are anxious for the sequel in relation to the patient to the family, and to the return of Mrs. Randolph and Mrs Trist from Fluvanna. Mrs. Madison unites with me in hoping for the best in every respect, and in cordial salutations to

yourself and to all within your circle

James Madison

RC (NNPM); draft (DLC).

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