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James Madison
James Madison Calls the Signing of the Declaration of Independence "That Great Occasion", and a Subject of "National Gratitude" He modestly allows the book ""The Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence"" to be dedicated to him. He modestly allows the book ""The Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence"" to be dedicated to him.
10/01/1828. The dedication read: “To James Madison of Virginia. These volumes are respectfully inscribed, from admiration of his long life of private virtue and public usefulness, and gratitude for the successful devotion of his labour & talents to the prosperity of his country.”In the 1820s, as the half century mark of the Declaration of Independence drew near and then passed, and with the nation prosperous and expanding, there was a tidal wave of interest in the Founding Fathers. By then most of the heroes of 1776 were long gone, but coupled with the sense of loss and nostalgia was an appreciation that some were still alive and a corresponding desire to honor them before it was too late and they passed from the scene. This feeling was only increased by the shocking coincidence of the deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on the same day - July 4, 1826 - the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.As part of this movement, throughout the 1820s, a set of nine books was published entitled “Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence”. The editors of this magnum opus were chiefly the Rev. John Sanderson, and Philadelphia attorney and future U.S. Attorney General Henry Gilpin. Gilpin also edited a biography of Jefferson, and received a letter of appreciation from one who knew Jefferson well - the last of the greatest Founding Fathers - James Madison.Gilpin wrote Madison on January 4, 1828, expressing gratitude for the accolade but also setting out a proposition that must have caught Madison by surprise: Gilpin would like … [Click Below for Full Description]
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