James Madison Papers

James Madison to Robley Dunglison, 12 March 1830

Montpellier Mar: 12th. 1830.

Dear Sir,

I have recd. your letter of the 12th. I cannot think it will be amiss, scanty as our funds are, to make the small draft on them for the pertinent object you suggest. I have made the use of your friendly communication relating to young Willis that was proper without disclosing the source of it. I recd. some days ago a letter from L. P. Perry, seeking an exemption from the enactment on the subject of dress. I informed him that there was no dispensing power for such a purpose in the Rector: That if any interposition was admissible it could only proceed from the Executive Committee & referred him to my Colleagues. I have not examined the Enactments & took for granted that no provision was made for the case. The object of the young man, as explained by him seemed reasonable in itself, & opposed only by the tendency of precedents.

Not doubting the merit of your meditated publication & the respect it will reflect on any name connected with it, I cannot refuse mine for the use you propose. I wish only you had selected one better entitled to it. Be pleased to accept assurances of my Esteem & cordial salutations.

J M.


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