James Madison Papers

[Nicholas P. Trist] to James Madison, 1 June 1830

[June 1830?]

By a singular coincidence, just after your last note was recd. Elliott came into my office, from which the cold reception I have made it a point to give him, had kept him more aloof than he was first disposed to me. He mentioned that "partly on business, partly on pleasure" he was going to pay you a visit; I availed myself of the opportunity to say that you were indisposed at present, which has induced him to postpone his visit. Mr Brent to whom I mentioned the intended visit (and who is a very good tempered, lenient, easy man; who scarcely ever speaks harshly of any one) then spoke of him as an utterly unprincipled Sycophant; and mentioned several facts which had come under his own observation which supported the worst character that could be given of him. He is one of those creatures who will do any thing for money; and withal, his impudent assurance is of the most outré character. Such is my opinion of the creature, that I would not consider any thing which he wished to get into his hands, safe, while he was under the roof. In a word he is a printer-rascal, the very worst of all rascals; as my limited experience suffices to satisfy me.

RC (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book). [Also see the letter dated June 9, 1830]

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