Writings of James Madison, Volume 3

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Author: James Madison

To A. B. Woodward.

MONTPELLIER, Septr 11, 1824.

DR SIR,—I have received, and return my thanks for, the printed communications accompanying your note of the 4th instant.

To appreciate your proposed expedient for a standard of measures and weights would require more time than I can apply, and more mathematical science than I retain. Justice will doubtless be done to it by competent judges.

I have given a hasty perusal to the observations "addressed to the Individual Citizen." Although I cannot concur in some of them, I may say of all that they merit every praise for the perspicuity, the precision, and the force, with which they are presented to the public attention.

You have fallen into a mistake in ascribing the Constitution of Virginia to Mr. Jefferson, as will be inferred from the animadversions on it in his "Notes on Virginia." Its origin was with George Mason, who laid before the committee appointed to prepare a plan a very broad outline,* which was printed by the committee for consideration, and, after being varied on some points and filled up, was reported to the Convention, where a few further alterations gave it the form in which it now stands. The declaration of rights was subsequently from the same hand. The preamble to the Constitution was probably derived in great measure, if not wholly, from the funds of Mr. Jefferson, the richness of which in such materials is seen in the Declaration of Independence, as well as elsewhere. The plan of Mr. Jefferson, annexed to one of the editions of his "Notes on Virginia," was drawn up after the Revolutionary war, with a view to correct the faults of the existing Constitution, as well as to obtain the authentic sanction of the people.

Your love of truth will excuse this little tribute to it, or rather would not excuse its omission.

* July, 1826. For a more recollected view of this matter, see an account of the origin and progress of the "Constitution of Virginia," by J. M.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "To A. B. Woodward.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 3 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), Pp.451-452 Original Sources, accessed September 19, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ5GD62S3I7U8W2.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "To A. B. Woodward." Writings of James Madison, Volume 3, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), Pp.451-452, Original Sources. 19 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ5GD62S3I7U8W2.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'To A. B. Woodward.' in Writings of James Madison, Volume 3. cited in , James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), Pp.451-452. Original Sources, retrieved 19 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ5GD62S3I7U8W2.