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In Paris Jefferson received the nice French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon to do the activity, and the statue Houdon carved is a masterpiece of calm, self-contained grandeur: a picture of popularity and strength of character, managed by means of republican will. Madison used to be at Mount Vernon while Houdon visited to watch his topic, and he wrote the inscription for the pedestal. four Madison’s entrée to Washington’s affections got here no longer from statuary, even if, yet from inland navigation. Washington used to be keen about connecting the Potomac and the Ohio Rivers by means of canals and portages. The stakes have been large: the furs and vegetation of center the United States may achieve the surface global cost effectively merely through water—up the St. Lawrence previous Montreal, or down the Mississippi via New Orleans. Why now not express them, concept Washington, at the Potomac? He used to be for my part invested within the undertaking, because the proprietor of hundreds of thousands of acres of western land that will allure renters or purchasers provided that the Potomac have been constructed. He could acquire a double gain if Alexandria, round the corner to Mount Vernon, grew to become a tremendous port. yet he believed America’s funding in inland navigation used to be even higher. Settlers have been already streaming west over the Appalachians. If their company went via British Montreal or Spanish New Orleans, why should still they remain unswerving to the USA? In November 1784 Washington went to Richmond to foyer the meeting for advancements to the Potomac. A invoice used to be brought, subsidized through Joseph Jones, the six-footer with whom Madison had shared a mattress while Congress was once stuffed into Princeton. yet after Jones left the legislature to sit at the Governor’s Council, Madison took over administration of the invoice. constructing the Potomac used to be now not in reality expensive to Madison’s center. His most well liked approach to beginning the internal to exchange used to be to wrest regulate of the Mississippi from Spain, a dream he believed blessed by means of either demography and windfall. “Nature has given using the Mississippi to people who may possibly decide on its waters,” he wrote Lafayette, within the holier-than-thou tone that the topic of growth usually drew from him. yet drawing toward George Washington was once even more expensive to Madison’s center, and so he took at the Potomac venture. the daddy of his state and the delegate from Orange County labored good jointly. Washington provided status and persuasion; Madison acquired the legislative paintings performed. “Your personal judgment during this company may be the top guide,” Washington said in a letter to his younger companion. because of their labors, the Potomac River corporation used to be chartered within the spring of 1785, with Washington as president. Madison’s first stopover at to Mount Vernon within the fall. After he left, Washington prolonged an open-ended invitation to additional collaboration: “if something should still take place that's attention-grabbing, and your rest will allow it, I will be comfortable to listen to from you at the topic. ” He signed this letter, “Affectionately. ” One little bit of enterprise arose instantly. At Madison’s urging the meeting had given Washington fifty stocks within the Potomac River corporation, worth greater than $22,000.