James Madison Papers

Jared Sparks to James Madison, 16 June 1831

Boston, June 16th. 1831

Dear Sir,

I have procured from the Department of State a copy of the letter from Mr Charles Pinckney to Mr Adams, when he sent his draft for publication. This letter is so conclusive on the subject, that I do not think it necessary to make any further inquiry. It is evident, that the draft, which he forwarded, was a compilation made at the time from loose sketches and notes. The letter should have been printed in connexion with the draft. I imagine Mr. Pinckney expected it. He does not pretend that this draft was absolutely the one he handed into the Convention. He only "believes" it was the one, but is not certain.

Should you have leisure, I beg you will favor me with your views of this letter. It touches upon several matters respecting the history and progress of the Convention. Do these accord with your recollection? I would not weary or trouble you, but when you recollect that there is no other fountain to which I can go for information, I trust you will pardon my importunity. With perfect respect, I am, Sir, your obliged & most obdt.

Jared Sparks

RC (DLC); letterbook copy (MH). RC docketed by JM.

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