James Madison Papers

James Madison to George W. Featherstonhaugh, 8 December 1833

Montpellr: Decr 8th. 1833.

Dear Sir

I have just recd. your of the 6th. I am glad to find the public attention in Virginia at length turning towards the mineral resources of the State, and that you are promoting it by the communications, which your Science & observations enable you to make. A Geological survey, skilfully conducted seems to be the most obvious & effectual preparation for the discoveries in view, as well in relation to public utility & wealth as to a branch of knowledge becoming every day more and more curious & interesting. With such impressions I may readily be supposed to wish success to all the means that may be employed, in so meritorious a work.

Draft (DLC).

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