James Madison Papers

Thomas W. Griffith to James Madison, 16 September 1831

Baltimore 16 September 1831


As the subject of the remarks contained in the inclosed may not be unacceptible to you, I respectfully submit them; and hope they may give occasion to a further exposition of your views on the powers granted the Federal Government, in relation to Commerce and Manufactures.  I claim no other right to give the public my opinion, than that which may be derived from years, and it cannot, I trust, be considered a mere compliment, to say, you have many other titles to command attention and respect.

You will observe, that, according to my recollection, the Mechanics of this place, and of others, where Petitions were got up to the first Congress under the Federal Government, for the establishment of protecting Duties, intended nothing more than protections for existing Manufactures; and, that, it is my opinion now, such a Tariff would at any time since have given general satisfaction.

I hope, if you should think proper to favor the public with any further remarks on the subject, in consequence of the communication I here take the liberty to make, or otherwise, they may be in time for the information of the Gentlemen who may assemble at Philadelphia the last of this month, as Delegates from various places. With high respect, I am, Sir, Yr hble Servant

Thomas W. Griffith


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