The Madison Papers

William Runge
1957 The American Archivist  
B EFORE discussing the project to publish the papers of James Madison I should like briefly to sketch the history of the papers themselves. The correspondence that Madison left consisted almost wholly of letters received. Unlike Jefferson, Madison rarely made copies of outgoing letters. In general, the copies left by him were either drafts or else copies that he made late in life, as in the case of some of his letters to Washington and Jefferson. In addition to his correspondence, Madison left
more » ... ence, Madison left many longer writings : essays and his invaluable proceedings and debates of the Constitutional Convention and of the sessions of the congresses of which he was a member. These papers he bequeathed to his wife, Dolly, with the intention that she publish immediately the constitutional convention debates, the debates in the congresses of 1782, 1783, and
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