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James Madison to George Washington Parke Custis
10 April 1807
Call number: Mss1 C9698a 784
Washington Ap. 10. 1807
I have been duly favored with yours of the 7th. Not having taken
with me to Virginia a sample of the Smith's island wool, which you were so good as to furnish me, I can not judge
of its merit, by comparison with the fleeces in the part of the country in which I dwell. I regret it the more as I have
always considered them as among the best in point of fineness, tho' not of weight, which the American flocks yield.
I shall write however soon to an overseer who will make a trip to Washington in a few weeks, and desire him to pick
out a sample and bring it with him. It gives me pleasure to find your attention to this interesting matter does not relax
and that you are so successfully uniting to it that of other public spirited gentlemen.
I remain Sir with great respect
& esteem Yr. mo: Obedt. Hble Servt
[Address leaf:] Dept. of State
George W. P. Custis Esqr.