James Madison Papers

James Madison to Thomas Maxwell, 21 December 1830

Montpellier Decr. 21. 1830

Dear Sir

Your letter inclosing one from Mr. Sloan accompanied by his little pamphlet on Priestcraft, was duly recd. As he wishes you to be the medium of an answer I must ask the favor of you to convey my congratulations on the health and other consolations he enjoys at so advanced a stage of life, and my thanks also for all the kind feelings he expresses towards me. Notwithstanding the lapse of time, I retain a just impression of the patriotic zeal which marked his character whilst we were cotemporaries in the service of our Country, and am glad to find that age does not deprive him of that merit. He wishes to know whether his little publication, containing the Theological sentiments which it does, would find a ready circulation. On this point I should not be frank if I did not say that in this quarter, it would encounter a way of thinking that would give it a most unfavorable reception. For yourself Sir be pleased to accept my respects and my cordial salutations

James Madison

RC (ViU); FC (DLC).

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