Writings of James Madison, Volume 4

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Author: James Madison

To Committee of Cincinnati.

FEBRUARY 20, 1836.

I have received, fellow-citizens, your letter inviting me to a public dinner at Cincinnati on the 4th of March, to celebrate the expiration, on the preceding day, of the charter of the United States Bank; and requesting from me, if unable to attend, an appropriate sentiment to be given in my name by the company.

Retaining, as I do, my conviction, heretofore officially and otherwise expressed, that in expounding the Constitution in the case of the Bank, the decision of the nation had been sufficiently manifested to overrule individual opinions, and to sanction the power exercised in establishing such an institution, I cannot fail to be excused for declining to participate in a protest against it, as destitute of constitutional authority.

For the favourable and friendly sentiments expressed in your letter, I tender you my acknowledgments, with assurances of my great respect and good wishes.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "To Committee of Cincinnati.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 4 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.427 Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D16EP7WCNLMXA42.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "To Committee of Cincinnati." Writings of James Madison, Volume 4, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.427, Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D16EP7WCNLMXA42.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'To Committee of Cincinnati.' in Writings of James Madison, Volume 4. cited in , James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.427. Original Sources, retrieved 22 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D16EP7WCNLMXA42.