James Madison Papers

Joseph C. Cabell to James Madison, 20 March 1833

Warminster. Mar 20. 1833.

My dear Sir, 

Having discovered from the direction of the debate that it would be unnecessary and probably imprudent to use your letter to Judge Roane, in the discussion in the House of Delegates upon the subject of federal relations, and being hardly pressed by the opposition to my measures respecting the connection of the waters, I decided to suspend my communications with you till the end of the session, when I would be able to give you a more satisfactory acct. of my motives & proceedings. On the rising of the Legislature Mrs. Cabell went down to her mother’s, and I took the stage with a view to meet my constituents on monday next & to see to my private affairs at home. My intention was to write you fully immediately on my arrival here; but unfortunately I was taken sick & have been confined to the House for a week, and altho’ I am now getting about again, I am unable at this time to say all that I desire to say. I will write again when I feel a little stronger: and in the mean time, I forward to you by mail, copies of two documents relative to the Central improvement, from which you will discern the course & direction of my labours during the session. I am happy to inform you that I finally succeeded in all my views in regard to this matter: that I believe the banks will take the stock as proposed, and if they should do so, it is morally certain that we shall get to work in the course of the summer & fall. Your letters addressed to me at Richmond, which you desired to be returned, & Col: Taylor’s argument, will accompany my next. With best respects to Mrs. Madison, & fervent good wishes for your health & happiness, I remain, dear Sir, most respectfully & truly yours

Jos: C: Cabell


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