James Madison Papers

James Madison to Samuel A. Storrow, 25 March 1830

Mar. 25. 1830

Dear Sir

Your letter of yesterday was duly delivered by your Servant last evening. The subject of it is one in relation to which I have for a long time been obliged to mingle with considerations of friendship, rules of consistency controuling that sentiment, and the controul has latterly become more & more imperative. Direct interpositions, have, during a considerable period been not at all indulged. And other modes of them are sometimes not a little embarrassing. A specific expression of good wishes may unavoidably clash with other claims on them. These remarks will explain the obligation I am under in answering your letter, not to exceed the general but sincere assurances of which I pray you to accept, that I shall always feel a gratification at every manifestation of the respect, your talents & merits, which I have believed to be due to them. Mrs M joins in cordial salutations to yourself and our friends at Farly

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