James Madison Papers

James Madison to Nicholas P. Trist, 31 October 1829

Richmond Ocr. 31. 1829

Dear Sir

Yours of Octr. 7. was duly recd. and with every disposition to befriend the object of it. Being precluded by a rule forced on me, from doing it in the usual mode, it was my purpose to avail myself, of Mr. V. Buren’s expected visit here, by incidentally turning his attention to your aptitudes for official services. It now appears that he has declined the trip altogether, which leaves me unable to do more than repeat the wishes you know me to have for your success in advancing your position in the line you are in, as proper openings for it may arise.

You will find in the newspapers a pretty full exhibition of the proceedings of the Convention. It is quite uncertain when they will close. Procrastination in the beginning and precipitation towards the conclusion, are the characteristic of such Bodies. Health & all other blessings

James Madison

RC (DLC: Nicholas P. Trist Papers); draft (DLC).

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