Writings of James Madison, Volume 3

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Author: James Madison

To W. C. Rives.

MONTPELLIER, May 29, 1827.

DEAR SIR,—I owe an apology for not sooner thanking you for the copy of your speech in the House of Representatives on the 20th of February last.* It came to hand when some engagements of my time, which were protracted beyond my anticipation, did not permit the attention due to it. Without expressing an unqualified concurrence in all the sentiments embraced by the range of your observations, I can, without qualification, say that the subject is argued with an ability which cannot fail to enlighten whatever constitutional or political question may call it forth.

Having a spare copy of a pamphlet, prepared in the Department of State in 1805,* on a subject of much interest at its date, you will oblige me by accepting it. It is possible that the controversy, in some of its forms, may recur during your public career, which I hope will be a long one; and in that event the trouble of researches into applicable authorities and illustrations may be diminished by those to which the occasion led.

* In support of a motion to strike out the appropriation for surveys of roads and canals in the military appropriation bill.

* Examination of British Doctrine.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "To W. C. Rives.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 3 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.581 Original Sources, accessed July 18, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=16QZTHM9JQFT14E.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "To W. C. Rives." Writings of James Madison, Volume 3, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.581, Original Sources. 18 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=16QZTHM9JQFT14E.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'To W. C. Rives.' 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.), P.581. Original Sources, retrieved 18 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=16QZTHM9JQFT14E.