James Madison Papers

James Madison to Jared Sparks, 28 March 1829

March 28. 1829

Dear Sir

Since your departure for Europe I have found the letters from General Washington which I thought were missing, and of which you were so obliging as to promise me copies from the original drafts among his papers. These particular letters had been separated from the others, and the circumstance forgotten. That you may avoid the trouble of fulfilling your promise I drop you this information, which I put under cover to Mr. Everett with a request that he will have the letter put into your hands on your arrival at Boston, or give it the direction the most likely to find you elsewhere. I hope, that whenever & wherever received, my congratulation will be a propos, on the attainment of all the objects of your transatlantic visit, and that you will accept the assurance of my continued esteem and cordial respects.

James Madison

P. S. The packet committed to Col. Storrow, tho’ long on the way from a cause explained, by him, came at last safe to hand. Among the letters from General Washington to me, and mine to him, not preserved on his files, there are some, which taken on both sides of the correspondence, are of a character involving peculiar delicacy.

RC (MH); FC (DLC).

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