James Madison to MVB, 27 March 1820
March 27, 1820.
I have just received your communication of the 15th, in which my consent is requested to the publication of my correspondence, in 1814, with the Vice President of the U. States, then governor of New-York, on the subject of his proposed nomination for the department of state. There being nothing in that correspondence which I could possibly wish to be regarded as under a seal of secrecy, I cannot hesitate in complying with the request.
As most delicate in relation to the Vice President, as well as becoming to myself, under existing circumstances, I forbear to add, for publication, any further expression of the high sense which I have always entertained of his exertions and services during the period of the late war, and which were so generally applauded throughout the nation.
Be pleased, sir, to accept assurances of my esteem and respect.
An ADf in the James Madison Papers (DLC) includes the following paragraph before the closing:
"The transcripts are returned with the interlined correction ^from the papers in my
hands ^^possession^^^ of a few immaterial errata, the effect probably of the copying pen. I am not able to lay my hand on the first letter from me of Sepr. 28. 1814; but I cannot ^doubt^ the sufficient exactness of the copy sent me now returned."
Images of this draft are included below.