James Madison Papers

Richard M. Johnson to James Madison, 5 September 1829

Blue Spring 5th Sept 1829

Dear Sir,

The Bearer of this introductory note Mr William Emmons is an only Brother of Doct. Richard Emmons my particular friend & neighbour & the author of the Fredoniad & a volume of poems recently published in Boston dedicated to yourself, from motives cherished in his bosom of your exalted [ ] Character & Devotion to your Country—Mr Wm. Emmons is the publisher of the work & divides with his Brother the proceeds. Both of the Brothers are poor & depend entirely on their industry for a Support.

The second Edition of the Fredoniad which is contemplated & now under the revision of the author will in my opinion add fame to the author & honor to the Country. Doctr. Emmons has laboured day & night incessantly for the last ten years upon this poem. The Patronage of your name for the Second edition would not in my humble opinion be misapplyed.

The virginia convention will soon excite deep interest in the nation. All eyes will be turned towards Richmond. Your name will again be familiar in conversation—That your labours may be blessed & that the people may have freedom upon equal rights is the devout Sentiment of your undeviating friend

Rh: M Johnson

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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