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    James Madison Autograph Retained Letter Draft (Unsigned). One page, 4.5" x 8"; Montpelier; September 30, 1833. A letter to Richard Rush about his book, Memoranda of a Residence at the Court of London. In part: "I have rec'd the copy of the second edition of your 'Memoranda,' and feel all that is due to the partiality which has given to my name so conspicuous a place in it. Nor can I be insensible to the recollections, public & person which prompted the selection. I must say at the same time that you have withheld from yourself as much justice as you have done to me more than justice. Could the interest and friendship which I felt in your behalf, have formed a debt in mine; it was repaid by the aid received from your official & confidential counsels, and by the social & personal gratifications which were added to them. Mrs. Madison can not but have a very lively sense, as I have, of what is due for the flattering introduction of her name on such an occasion..."

    The Madison letter is affixed to a front endpaper of a copy of Richard Rush's Memoranda of a Residence at the Court of London. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard. 1845. 640 pages. Rush had served as US Minister to the United Kingdom from 1817 to 1825, and his memoirs of the unfolding events filled two volumes. Rush included a three page dedication to Madison. The letter offered here, is Madison's acknowledgement of that dedication, which was made unbeknownst to him. This is likely a retained draft; unsigned, with numerous emendations throughout.

    Rush's original letter to Madison sending the book is also included. The letter (5" x 9") is tipped in to the book with paper tape along the left margin. It has been trimmed along the right margin, heavily affecting the content; however, despite the missing words, it is clearly addressed to Madison and regards the publication of his book, which he is sending in advance of public release. The closing of the letter sends remembrances to Mrs. Madison, and is signed "Richard Rush".

    Condition: Cloth bound boards are worn, with heavy chipping to corners. Binding is tight. Interior pages have appropriate age toning, and light ink ghosting. Madison's letter is mounted on a front endpaper, using adhesive only at the corners, which has resulted in staining. The letter has a few tiny marginal tears and a 2" x ½" strip of paper loss at bottom left. Rush's letter has been bound in with a strip of paper tape along left margin. It is trimmed along one edge affecting all lines of text, though most content can be made out. An engraving of Rush is affixed to a back endpaper. With bookplate of the original owner, Philip Richard Fendall [II], on front paste down, and a bookstore paper label at top left.


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