Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4

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Author: James Madison

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From James Madison.

New York, 21 October, 1788.

DEAR SIR,

I send you the inclosed paper chiefly for the sake of the edict which fixes on May, for the meeting of the States-General in France. Letters from Mr. Jefferson authenticate this document. They mention also the disgrace, as it is called, of the Marquis. The struggle at present in that kingdom, seems to be entirely between the monarchy and aristocracy, and the hopes of the people merely in the competition of their enemies for their favor. It is probable, however, that both the parties contain real friends to liberty, who will make events subservient to their object.

The Count de Moustier, and the Marchioness de

Brehan, are to set out this day for Mount Vernon. I take it for granted you are not only apprised of the intended visit, but of the time at which the guests may be expected. The State of Connecticut has made choice of Dr. Johnson and Mr. Ellsworth for its Senators, and have referred that of its Representatives to the people at large; every individual citizen to vote for every Representative.

I have not heretofore acknowledged your last favor, nothing material having turned up for some time, and the purpose of Colonel Covington to see you, on his way to Virginia, superseding all the ordinary communications through the epistolary channel. It gives me much pleasure to find, that both the opposition, at first, and finally, the accession, to the vote fixing New York for the first meeting of the new Congress, have your approbation. My fears, that the measure would be made a handle of by the opposition, are confirmed, in some degree, by my late information from Virginia. Mr. Pendleton, the Chancellor, tells me he has already met taunts from that quaffer on this specimen of eastern equity and impartiality. Whether much noise will be made, will depend on the policy Mr. Henry may find it convenient to adopt. As New York is at the head of his party, he may be induced, by that circumstance, not to make irritating reflections; though the fact is, the party in this State, which is with him, are supposed to be indifferent and even secretly averse to the residence of Congress here. This, however, may not be known to him. I am, dear Sir,

Yours most respectfully and affectionately,

JAMES MADISON JR.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "From James Madison.," Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4 in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. Jared Sparks (Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1853), 236–237. Original Sources, accessed August 8, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4BAL24DGDUQXXBQ.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "From James Madison." Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4, in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, edited by Jared Sparks, Vol. 4, Freeport, NY, Books for Libraries Press, 1853, pp. 236–237. Original Sources. 8 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4BAL24DGDUQXXBQ.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'From James Madison.' in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4. cited in 1853, Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. , Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, NY, pp.236–237. Original Sources, retrieved 8 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4BAL24DGDUQXXBQ.