Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to James Madison

My dear Sir

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.

Ellen Randolph Coolidge.
RC(NHi: Thomas Jefferson Papers); endorsed by Madison: “Coolidge Mrs E. R. Mar. 20. 1830”; pamphlet enclosure not found, although Coolidge was probably referring to “Jefferson’s Correspondence,” published in volume 30, issue 67 (April 1830) of the North American Review.
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March 20, 1830