Philadelphia July 3d. 1831
I wish to introduce into the Encyclopedia Americana, published at Boston, a biographical Sketch of Bishop Madison of Virginia. There is a notice of him in the American edition of Lempriere’s Universal Biography, but it is too slight for my purpose. Perhaps, you may have within reach, some memoranda concerning the periods of his birth, education, & death, his public Stations & labors, & his general qualities, which you would not be unwilling to communicate in order that the tribute to his memory may be more satisfactory. I would venture to ask for the earliest answer which you can give, with convenience, to this suggestion, & am, Dear Sir, with profound respect Your most faithful Servt.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.