James Madison Papers

James Madison to Richard Cutts, 13 June 1829

Montpellier June 13. 1829

Dear Sir

I have recd. your two letters of June 8 & 9. As my draft on Mr. Allen lately sent you will have furnished the means of extinguishing my debt to the Bank, I suppress the discounting note inclosed in one of them.

It has not been my wish to precipitate the sale of the House & lots in Washington, & hope it may not be necessary. But the hold my Creditors have on my landed property here, exposing me to the danger of forced & sudden sales, which at present & probably for some time to come, would be a ruinous sacrifice, I have been obliged to keep in view the resource in Washington, where a sale tho’ an evil, might not be so great a one.

Of the expediency of making public the Address to your Creditors, I may not be a competent Judge. As it would of course be regarded as an impeachment of your removal from office, it would seem, not amiss to be previously sure that the ground of removal relied on was the particular charge which was disproved to the satisfaction of Mr. Monroe & Mr. Crawford. Should other grounds be alledged, a vindication which did not meet them, might appear to be premature & awkward.

I need not I am sure express the sympathy with which I learnt the change of situation which had befallen yourself, & family, or my anxious wishes for an improvement of it, beyond what may be promised by any thing immediately in prospect. With friendly respects and salutations

James Madison

RC (NjP: Crane Collection).

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