From James Madison
Jany. 9. 1800
The question on the Report printed, was decided by 60 for & 40 agst. it, the day before yesterday, after a debate five days. Yesterday & today have been spent on Mr. Giles’ propositions, which with some softenings will probably pass, by nearly the same vote. The Senate is in rather a better state than was expected. The debate turned almost wholly on the right of the Legislature to protest. The Constitutionality of the Alien & Sedition Acts & of the C. Law was waved. It was said that the last question would be discussed under Mr. Giles propositions; but as yet nothing has been urged in its favor. It is probable however that the intention has not been laid aside. I thank you for the pamphlets. Adieu. Yrs affy. Js.
Js Madison Jr
RC (DLC: Madison Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 16 Jan. and so recorded in SJL.
According to the printed journal, the House of Delegates approved Madison’s report by a vote of 100 to 60 (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Dec. 1799–Jan. 1800, 72).