James Madison Papers

Peter S. Du Ponceau to James Madison, 14 April 1832

Washington, 14th. April, 1832

Dear Sir

I beg leave to introduce to your acquaintance, Mr Fournier, an Advocate of the Paris Bar, and his friend Mr D’Orsay, a Gentleman of a respectable family in France, both men of information & such as we like to see—travelling thro’ our Country, whither they have come partly on business, & partly for the acquisition of Knowledge. They are desirous of seeing in you one of those Fathers of our Revolution, who have raised so high the reputation of the United States. I beg you will introduce them to Mrs Madison, to whom they are anxious to pay their respects & mine which I have given them in charge.

I have been here three months & a half, watching the progress of a bill before the House for "promoting the Culture & manufacture of Silk". I have been drawn into this business, which I did not seek, by the Committee on Agriculture of the last Congress, & am now so deep in it, that I cannot recede with honor. I expect no personal advantage from that Bill, except the Consciousness (if it succeeds) of having been instrumental in procuring what I consider an immense advantage to our Country I have the honor to be With great respect Dear Sir Your most obedt hume. Servt

Peter S. Du Ponceau

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