James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Taylor, 16 October 1810

From James Taylor

Belle Vue Ky October 16th. 1810

My dear sir

I have taken the liberty of inclosing to you a letter to my friend Mrs. M and one to Mr. Coles. I hope this will find your self and Mrs. M in the enjoyment of perfect health. It leaves my family and our friends generally in the enjoyment of that blessing.

I am sure you are pleased at the event of our election, The result in Lyons district will shew that when ever a man deviates from Correct principles in our state he loses the confidence of the people.1 I think Geo M Bibb2 will be our next Senator in Congress. I have not seen my brother as yet but I do not think he will Offer. I am much pleased at the prospect of an accommodation with France & England and sincerely hope that some permanent adjustment may take place. The ensuing session will in my opinion be a very important one and I sincerely hope there will be more harmony at the next session than there was at the last. With great respect & Esteem I am Dr. sir Your friend & Servt

James Taylor


1Matthew Lyon’s increasing dissatisfaction with administration foreign policy led to accusations from other Kentucky Republicans that he was a “tory” and a “British partisan.” In the elections for the Twelfth Congress he was defeated by Anthony New (Aleine Austin, Matthew Lyon: “New Man” of the Democratic Revolution, 1749–1822 [Philadelphia and London, 1981], pp. 147–48).

2George M. Bibb (1776–1859) represented Kentucky in the U.S. Senate from November 1811 until his resignation on 23 Aug. 1814.

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