James Madison Papers

James Madison to Frederick A. Packard, 26 November 1830

Montpellier Novr. 26. 1830


I have just recd. your letter of the 20th. with the two pamphlets sent by the same mail. I should feel a pleasure in satisfying the enquiry you make with respect to "the circumstances attending the final vote on the Declaration of Independence, and in what sense, if in any, it was unanimously adopted." But not being a member of the Congress of that date, I can have no personal knowledge of what passed on the occasion. It is probable that some of the writings of Mr. Jefferson lately published may be a source of more explanation than any other I could refer to. Not having at hand the opportunity of consulting them, I cannot point to the particular passages. With respect & good wishes

James Madison

RC (Office of History, Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.), Philadelphia, Pa., ); FC (DLC).

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