James Madison Papers

G. C___k to James Madison, 10 September 1830

Frederick Cty Va. 10th Sept. 1830.


The respect which my late letter received from you in Your free and polite reply, deserves my cordial acknowledgments. Though the purpose of that letter did not meet with the success I had hoped for, yet the respectful manner in which my solicitations were declined, make an impression on me with regard to yourself, which I shall ever cherish.

Tho. the character of my letter may have been rather novel, I trust it justified no unfavorable suspicions. Let me say again, it was undissembled, open and sincere, the emanation of a youthful mind, unguarded by a knowledge of the world, and unconscious of a mean or dishonorable act. The suppression of my whole name was, I thought, judicious under peculiar circumstances; tho. it might not have been withheld if a correspondence had been secured.

These remarks may be unnecessary & perhaps unwelcome; I nevertheless offer them with an assurance of profound respect

G. C___k

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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