James Madison Papers

James Madison to Fletcher & Toler, 31 October 1827

Ocr. 31. 1827

J. Madison presents his respects to Messrs Fletcher & Toler, [Editors of Lynchbg. Virga] and regrets the trouble occasioned by the delay of his letter of the 14th. The paragraph prepared by them & inserted in their paper & enclosed their letter of the 26th sufficiently guards agst. a misunderstand. of his original communication. He was led to the proposed change in it, by an intimation recd. that the Genl. Assembly, in excluding from the power of Congs. over Commerce, regulations having for their object the encouragement of domestic manufactures, might not perhaps intend to limit their power to regulations having revenue alone for their object, there being objects of this regulating power distinct from both, which might not be deemed inadmissible. It was thought best therefore in expressing the doctrine disapproved, to specify its application, as was done at the Resolutions of the Assembly to the case of protecting & encouraging domestic manufactures.

J. M.

Draft (DLC).

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