Writings of James Madison, Volume 2

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Author: James Madison

To Governor Galusha.

WASHINGTON, November 30, 1812.

SIR,—I have received your letter of the 7th instant, communicating a Resolution of the General Assembly of Vermont, pledging their co-operation with the General Government and with the nation in the present contest with a Foreign power. Had this contest originated in causes appealing with a less indiscriminate force to the common interests and honorable feelings of every portion of our fellow-citizens, that respect for the will of the majority regularly proclaimed, which is the vital principle of our free Constitution, would have imposed on all the sacred duty which is thus laudably recognised by the State of Vermont; and the discharge of which is enforced by the powerful consideration, that nothing can more contribute to prolong the contest and embarrass the attainment of its just objects, than the encouragement afforded to the hopes of the enemy by appearances of discord and discontent among ourselves.

In doing justice to the patriotism which dictated the Resolution transmitted, I take a pleasure in remarking that it is heightened by the particular exposure of Vermont to the pressure which the war necessarily brings with it, and in assuring myself that proportionate exertions of her citizens will add new lustre to their character. In the war which made us an Independent nation their valor had a conspicuous share. In a war which maintains the rights and attributes of Independence on the Ocean, where they are not less the gift of nature and of nature’s God than on the land, the same zeal and perseverance may be confidently expected from the same pride of liberty and love of Country.

Accept the assurances of my high respect and best wishes.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "To Governor Galusha.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 2 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), Pp.550-551 Original Sources, accessed April 26, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAKYTKC5J9RQAA8.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "To Governor Galusha." Writings of James Madison, Volume 2, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), Pp.550-551, Original Sources. 26 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAKYTKC5J9RQAA8.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'To Governor Galusha.' in Writings of James Madison, Volume 2. cited in , James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), Pp.550-551. Original Sources, retrieved 26 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAKYTKC5J9RQAA8.