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Sale 2502 Lot 146
ARRANGING FOR PUBLICATION OF MADISON'S NOTES FROM CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION JACKSON, ANDREW. Fragment of an Autograph Letter, unsigned, to Dolley Madison ("D'r Madam"), requesting a copy of the letter he sent her regarding her husband's death. 1 page, square 4to; lower quarter of page torn away, small holes in left margin (not affecting text), ink inscription at upper edge in unknown hand: "Cut off the signature for autograph for Mrs. E. Davis, Aug 6th 40 / Andrew Jackson," folds. Washington, 26 November 1836
Estimate $800 - 1,200
". . . [S]end me a copy of the letter I addressed to you enclosing the resolution expressive of the condolence of congress at the decease of your beloved and venerated husband. . . . I propose to communicate it to congress with your answer . . . ."
In her letters to Jackson dated September 2 and November 15, 1836, Dolley Madison arranged to send him James Madison's "Reports of the Debates in the Convention" (Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787) so that Congress could preserve them for posterity.
On December 6, 1836, in a special message to Congress, Jackson transmitted to both houses "copies of my correspondence with Mrs. Madison, produced by the resolution adopted at the last session . . . on the decease of her venerated husband. The occasion seems to be appropriate to present a letter from her on the subject of the publication of a work of great political interest . . . prepared by Mr. Madison's own hand . . . ." (Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States being the Second Session of the Twenty-Fourth Congress, Washington, 1837).