Writings of James Madison, Volume 3

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Author: James Madison

To Richard Bland Lee.

MONTPELLIER, August 5, 1819.

DEAR SIR,—I have received your favor of the 2d, with a copy of your able and interesting Oration* on the last anniversary of our Independence.

The existing tranquillity and harmony in the public feeling, the result of the propitious evanescence of the causes of discord, is a just subject of congratulation. It is to be wished that they never may be interrupted by the worst of all political divisions, one founded on Geographical boundaries, and embittered by another discrimination among the States which happens to coincide with them. Political parties intermingled throughout the community unite as well as divide every section of it. Parties rounded on local distinctions and fixed peculiarities, which separate the whole into great conflicting masses, are far more to be dreaded in their tendency.

I can have no remark to make on your public introduction of my name, but that I am aware of my deficient title to the merit allowed me, at the same time that I cannot be indifferent to any mark of esteem from one who is himself so justly esteemed.

* Delivered July 5, 1819, in the Chamber of House of Representatives.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "To Richard Bland Lee.," Writings of James Madison, Volume 3 in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.142 Original Sources, accessed May 29, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UIZNVEE97FMFAF1.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "To Richard Bland Lee." Writings of James Madison, Volume 3, in James Madison, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, 4 Vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.), P.142, Original Sources. 29 May. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UIZNVEE97FMFAF1.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'To Richard Bland Lee.' 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.142. Original Sources, retrieved 29 May 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UIZNVEE97FMFAF1.