James Madison Papers

James Madison to Robert Walsh, 22 August 1831

Montpellier August 22. 1831.

Dear Sir.

I inclose the answer of Mr. Scott on the subject of Bishop Madison, as just received that you may extract the materials suited to your object.

The intellectual power and diversified learning of the Bishop may justly be spoken of in strong terms; and few men have equally deserved the praise due to a model of all the virtues social, domestic, and personal which adorn and endear the human character. He was particularly distinguished by a candour, a benevolence, a politeness of mind, and a courtesy of manner, that won the confidence and affection, on the shortest acquaintance.

It would be improper to omit, as a feature in his portrait, that he was a devoted friend to our Revolution, and to the purest principles of a Government founded on the rights of man. The period of his first visit to Great Britain, led to conversations on the subject of the war, with persons of high standing. Among them was Doctor Robertson, the Historian, to whom he had letters of introduction. The Doctor abstaining from the question of right, remarked that nothing astonished him so much as that the Colonies should have conceived it possible to resist such a power as that of the Mother Country. This was about the time of Burgoyne’s surrender. Be assured always of my great esteem and best wishes.

James Madison

Be so obliging as to return the communication of Mr. Scott at your leisure


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