James Madison Papers

William B. Sprague to James Madison, 8 March 1830

Albany. NY. March 8. ’30.

Dear Sir

I am undertaking, partly for my own amusement, and partly for the gratification of the curious who may come after us, to make out a geneological account of the most distinguished men of our country, including Presidents of the United States, Signers of the Declaration of Independence &c. Will you, Sir, in addition to all the other favors you have rendered me, have the goodness to furnish me with such an account of your ancestry as may be within your reach, including names, places of residence, and any interesting facts in respect to any of them which it may be a matter of interest to preserve. I will just add that it is not my intention to publish any thing of this kind at present, though I intend the curious publick shall ultimately have the benefit of my researches.

I beg you will pardon me, Sir, for troubling you so often and in so many ways, & believe me, with the highest respect, Your most obed & obliged,

William B. Sprague

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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