Writings of James Madison, Volume 2

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Author: James Madison

To Thomas Jefferson.

RICHMOND, Jany 18, 1800.

DEAR SIR,—Since my last, the Senate have agreed to the Report and the Resolution by 15 to 6. To the latter, they made an amendment to the definition of the portion of Common Law in force in the U. S., by inserting the words "by Congress" after the word "adopted," in order to repel the misconstruction which led the minority to concur in that particular resolution as it passed the House of Delegates. The amendment was agreed to by 82 to 40. The plan of a Genl Ticket was so novel that a great number who wished it shrunk from the vote, and others, apprehending that their Constituents would be still more startled at it, voted against it, so that it passed by a majority of 5 votes only. The event in the Senate is rather doubtful, tho’ it is expected to get thro’. As the avowed object of it is to give Virginia fair play, I think, if passed into a law, it will, with proper explanations, become popular. I expect to get away about the middle of the week. The Assembly will rise, perhaps, at the end of it, tho’ possibly not so soon. I forgot to tell you that a renewed effort to raise the pay of the members to 3 Dolls. has succeeded; a measure wrong in principle, and which will be hurtful in its operation.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "To Thomas Jefferson.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 2 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), Pp.155-153 Original Sources, accessed February 4, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8DH1X4UQ9JBIGLD.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "To Thomas Jefferson." Writings of James Madison, Volume 2, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), Pp.155-153, Original Sources. 4 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8DH1X4UQ9JBIGLD.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'To Thomas Jefferson.' 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.155-153. Original Sources, retrieved 4 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8DH1X4UQ9JBIGLD.