James Madison Papers

James Madison to Albert Gallatin, 18 March 1831

Montpellier Mar. 18. 1831

Dear Sir

I inclose an extract of a letter from Mr. John Randolph on the subject of a Mr. Richardson, and a letter from the latter. You will observe the request of Mr. Randolph that the object of Mr. Richardson might be eventually communicated for the University at N. York. I have made the communication to William & Mary; and as it is quite uncertain whether it will be of avail there, it is proper that the other chance should be afforded the applicant. With that view I am led to trouble you on the occasion, by the relation in which I see you are placed to the nascent Institution. Should such a character as Mr. R. is described to be, happen to be wanted from abroad, a correspondence will of course be resorted to, and the sooner the better.

Why has the promised visit from Mrs. Gallatin & yourself been so long omitted; and why have you made repeated journies to Washington, without taking a few steps further? There are questions which will be better answered by repairing than by excusing the wrongs. Meantime be assured both of you, of the joint & affectionate remembrances of Mrs. M. & myself.

James Madison

Have the goodness to return the letter of Mr. Richardson.

RC and enclosure NHi: Gallatin Papers; draft (DLC). The enclosure is an extract of John Randolph to JM, 15 Dec. 1830.

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