James Madison Papers

James Madison to Simon Bernard, 16 July 1831

Montpr. July 16. 1831

Dr. Sir

I have just recd. your letter of the 12 inst. However much you may overrate my title to the sentiments it expresses, it will always be a gratifying recollection, that I had any share in obtaining for the U.S. your invaluable aid in the defensive system now so well matured and so extensively executed. It is with great pleasure, I add Sir that whilst your distinguished talents & indefatigable application of them justly claim the tribute of grateful acknowledgements from the public, your social & personal qualities and those of your estimable & amiable family have won the best feelings of individuals

With these impressions I can not learn without regret, the loss we are about to sustain; But it being impossible to disapprove the considerations which lead to it, it only remains to assure you of my sincere wishes that the career before you may be as prosperous, as I am persuaded it will be guided by a pure patriotism, and a comprehensive philanthropy. Mrs. M is thankful for the kind respects from yourself & your family and begs that a cordial return of them may be with mine accepted

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