Writings of James Madison, Volume 4

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Author: James Madison

To John Robertson.

J. Madison, with his best respects to Mr. Robertson, thanks him for the copy of his speech delivered in the House of Representatives on the 5th and 6th of April.

In his present condition, the combined effect of his very ad-vanced age, and of indisposition much increased within a short period, he has been able to make himself but slightly acquainted with some of the subjects embraced in the speech. He may safely say that it is characterized by much ability in the views taken of many of them; and the aspect presented by some is deeply interesting to the career of our political system. On the distribution of the proceeds of the public lands the speech appears to be entirely successful in shewing that the bill in its present form encounters no insuperable difficulties, and that the fund is rightfully owned by the people of the Union unless it be without an owner.

MONTPELLIER, May 23d, 1836.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "To John Robertson.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 4 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.435 Original Sources, accessed August 11, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3U9DX4LJ4CE6LE7.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "To John Robertson." Writings of James Madison, Volume 4, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.435, Original Sources. 11 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3U9DX4LJ4CE6LE7.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'To John Robertson.' 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.435. Original Sources, retrieved 11 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3U9DX4LJ4CE6LE7.