Richard Rush to Alexis de Tocqueville
Paris, May 27, 1848
Mr. Rush presents his compliments to M. de Tocqueville and referring to the conversation on the subject of the provincial parliaments of France when last it was his good fortune to see M. de Tocqueville, ventures to send him on the sheets enclosed an extract of a letter from the Secretary of State of the United States, dated the 31st of March last, which perhaps M. de Tocqueville might take an interest in looking over (and possibly some of his associates of the Committee also might) whilst engaged in the important work of reporting a draft of the new constitution of France.
In thus enclosing it, Mr. Rush has to request that it may be considered as a communication wholly informal and unofficial; and he is happy in this opportunity of tending to M. de Tocqueville the assurances of his high consideration.
Firestone Library, Princeton University. Rush Family Papers (C0079), IV. Papers, Documents, and Correspondence (1846–1849) Relating to the French Mission, Correspondence, in Letterbook, Box 11, No. 129.
John C. Spencer to Alexis de Tocqueville
Albany, State of New York,
June 10, 1848
My dear Sir,
I cannot refrain from addressing you a few lines to congratulate you upon the late wonderful revolution in your country. Wonderful, we regard it here, not as much on account of the event being unexpected, as for the sublime forbearance exhibited by the people.