Writings of James Madison, Volume 3

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Author: James Madison

To M. Hyde De Neuville.

MONTPELLIER, July 17, 1816.

SIR—Your favor of the 12th instant overrates the hospitality for which your visit afforded me the agreeable opportunity. If otherwise, it would have been overpaid by the sentiments which it has led you to express.

It is very gratifying to be assured from such a source, that not only your Monarch, inheriting the virtues of a Brother whose generous policy was allied to the early fortunes of our Country, but that the French nation, cherishes friendly dispositions and liberal views towards it. The United States are faithful to a system of justice, of good will, and of intercourse mutually beneficial with all nations; and they are sensible of all the considerations which strengthen these motives in relation to France. They take a sincere interest in her independence, her prosperity, and her happiness; and they cannot better express it than in their wishes that the French people may enjoy all the just advantages, external and internal, of a regular and free Constitution, adapted to their genius and satisfactory to their desires.

I hope, sir, that the partialities you indulge for our Country will find all the returns which are due to amiable qualities adorning distinguished nations.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "To M. Hyde De Neuville.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 3 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.14 Original Sources, accessed August 8, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=51BIKPV1UIPFSNB.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "To M. Hyde De Neuville." Writings of James Madison, Volume 3, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.14, Original Sources. 8 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=51BIKPV1UIPFSNB.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'To M. Hyde De Neuville.' 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.14. Original Sources, retrieved 8 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=51BIKPV1UIPFSNB.