Writings of James Madison, Volume 3

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Author: James Madison

To Tench Coxe.

FEBRUARY 21, 1823.

DEAR SIR,—Since I received your two letters of instant, I have hitherto been prevented from acknowledging them, first by some very urgent calls on my time, and afterwards by an indisposition which has but just left me.

I have forwarded the letters, with the printed papers, to Mr. Jefferson. I know well the respect which he, as well as myself, attaches to your communications. But I have grounds to believe, that with me, also, he has yielded to the considerations and counsels which dissuade us from taking part in measures relating to the ensuing Presidential election. And certainly, if we are to judge of the ability with which the comparative pretensions of the candidates will be discussed, by the samples sent us, the public will be sufficiently enabled to decide under-standingly on the subject. I know you too well to doubt that you will take this explanation in its just import, and will remain assured that it proceeds from no diminution of confidence or regard towards you.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "To Tench Coxe.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 3 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.301 Original Sources, accessed February 23, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9HP2EZ78CZWN4SK.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "To Tench Coxe." Writings of James Madison, Volume 3, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.301, Original Sources. 23 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9HP2EZ78CZWN4SK.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'To Tench Coxe.' 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.301. Original Sources, retrieved 23 February 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9HP2EZ78CZWN4SK.