James Madison Papers

William C. Rives to James Madison, 5 March 1833

Washington March 5th ’33.

My dear sir, 

I take the liberty, at the moment of leaving here, to send you a printed sheet containing some observations made by me on a recent occasion of considerable interest in the Senate. It is not, without great diffidence, that I submit any attempt of mine to interpret the true doctrines of ’98 & ’99, & the just theory of our constitution, to the discriminating view of their founder; an indiscretion which could find no excuse but in an anxious desire to be set right in those errors, into which the denunciations I have drawn on myself give me too much reason to apprehend that I may have unwittingly fallen.

I pray you, my dear sir, to have the goodness to make my best respects acceptable to Mrs. Madison, & to be assured of the profound respect & affectionate devotion with which I am most truly your’s

W C Rives.


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