James Madison Papers

Tench Ringgold to James Madison, 29 November 1831

Washington Novr. 29 1831

Dear Sir

Immediately after the receipt of your kind letter I wrote to Mr Ludwell Lee on the subject thereof, and now have the pleasure to inclose his answer; from which I fear there is no prospect of obtaining the information desired by you. I also transmit a letter from Mr Lees son. If he makes any farther communication I will forward it to you.

I am informed by Mr. Chief Justice Gibson, & Richard Peters, that the opinion delivered by Judge McKean in Cobbetts case, is the only one on the subject of nullification which has ever been delivered in Pennsylvania; and that, the other judges, in that State, have uniformly held opposite sentiments to those contained in Mr McKeans opinion.

It will give me at all times, the most sincere satisfaction to serve you in any way. My daughters unite in affectionate regards to Mrs. Madison and yourself. I am with the highest respect & esteem Dear Sir your obliged friend & sert

Tench Ringgold


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