James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elbridge Gerry, 13 March 1806

Cambridge 13th. March 1806

Dear Sir,

I thank you for your explicit communication of the 3d. It is probable to me, that simple negotiation will be the final determination of Congress; & in that case, I fear, that the Government & nation at home & abroad will fall into disrepute. Your objections to the measure are in my mind conclusive. but should Congress, with spirit, resolve to adopt the most effectual measure, whether it be a commercial restriction, or an embargo; to take the lead of, & not to blindly follow what may be erroneously considered as the public opinion, I have not the least doubt, that the measure would establish that opinion, if wavering, & meet with vigorous support. May the counsels & measures of each department of government be wisely directed by divine providence & beleive me dear Sir with sincere esteem & respect your friend

E Gerry

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