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The notes penciled in the margins of the manuscript (apparently written by Allen C. Clark) indicate that this is the final draft of this letter to Andrew Jackson upon the death of her husband.
To the President of the United States I received sir, in due time, your letter conveying to me the Resolutions Congress were pleased to adopt on the occasion of the death of my beloved Husband. A communication made the more grateful by the kind expression of you sympathy which it contained. The high and just estimation of my husband by my countrymen and friends and their generous participation in the sorrow occasioned by or irretrievable loss, (expressed thro their supreme authorities and otherwise) are the only solace of which my heart is susceptible on the departure of him who had never lost sight of that consistency, symmetry and beauty of character in all its parts which secured to him the love and admiration of his Country and which must ever be the subject of peculiar and tender reference to one whose happiness was derived from their daily and constant exercise. The best return I can make for the sympathy of my country is to fulfill the sacred trust his confidence reposed in me - that of placing before it and the world what his pen prepared for their use - a legacy, the importance of which is deeply impressed on my mind. With great respect &c &c (signed) D.P. Madison Montpellier Sept 2d. 36.
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Death, James Madison, Death of James Madison, Dolley Madison, Andrew Jackson, Montpellier, 02 September 1836, 1836
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The original from which this digital representation is taken is housed in The Littlejohn Collection at Wofford College, located in the Sandor Teszler Library.
Madison, Dolley, "Dolley Madison, wife of James Madison, letter to President Andrew Jackson about the death of her husband, founding father and former President James Madison. Dated September 2, 1836." (1836). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 188.
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