Writings of James Madison, Volume 3

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Author: James Madison

To John Brannan.

JULY 19, 1823.

I have received your letter of the 4th, with the volume containing the official letters of the military and naval officers during the late war; in payment for which a note of $5 is inclosed. I take for granted that the collection is sufficiently full to give to such a publication its proper value. It is due to the men who have given such noble examples for future emulation, to the Country boasting them, and to all to whom such documents may be objects of patriotic curiosity, or materials for historical or other use, that they should be put into the best forms for preservation, and into situations diffusively accessible. I wish, therefore, that the fruit of your labours may be in such demand for public and private libraries, that you may be rewarded with profit as well as gratification. It some times happens that works of the greatest labor and intrinsic value have but little attraction for the generality of readers, or may not be intended to be generally read. Of this class is, in some degree, the work on which you have bestowed your time and pains. In such cases, the appeal is fairly made for encouragement to those who may be most sensible that it is necessary, and most able to afford it.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "To John Brannan.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 3 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.328 Original Sources, accessed January 16, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QCJU8QIQJHG7DY2.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "To John Brannan." Writings of James Madison, Volume 3, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.328, Original Sources. 16 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QCJU8QIQJHG7DY2.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'To John Brannan.' in Writings of James Madison, Volume 3. cited in , James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.328. Original Sources, retrieved 16 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QCJU8QIQJHG7DY2.