James Madison Papers

James Madison to James K. Paulding, 6 June 1831

Montpellier June 6. 1831.

Dear Sir

Since my letter answering yours of Apl. 6., in which I requested you to make an enquiry concerning a small pamphlet of Chs. Pinckney, printed at the close of the Fedl. Convention of 1787, it has occurred to me that the pamphlet might not have been put in circulation, but only presented to his friends &c. In that way I may have become possessed of the Copy to which I referred as in a damaged State. On this supposition the best chance of success must be among the Books &c. of Individuals on the list of Mr. P’s political associates or personal friends. Of those who belonged to N. Y. I recollect no one so likely to have recd. a copy as Rufus King. If that was the case it may remain with his representative, and I would suggest an informal resort to that quarter, with a hope that you will pardon this further tax on your Kindness. With affecte. respects

James Madison

RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers); FC (DLC).

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