Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to James Madison
|My dear Sir||Boston March 20. 1830|
The next number of the North American Review will contain the article on my grandfather’s correspondence, which I now take the liberty to send you, in a pamphlet form. It is written by Mr Ritchie, a son-in-law of Mr Otis, and the particular friend of Mr Coolidge, and with a degree of candour and liberality which I think will give you pleasure. This evidence of a better spirit than has prevailed in some other notices of the same work I thought would be gratifying to you, & this was an inducement with me to anticipate the regular review, but I am not sure that the wish to recall myself, personally, to your memory was not a still stronger motive. the privilege of having known you, & of having some claims to your recollection, is too valuable to forego, & I have eagerly taken this opportunity to present myself once more before you.
I hope Mrs Madison thinks of me with something like the love I feel for her, and that you will both accept, my dear Sir, from the granddaughter of your old friend, the assurance of her profound respect and warm affection.