James Madison Papers

William C. Rives to James Madison, 22 May 1833

Castle-Hill May 22nd ’33.

My dear sir, 

The long continued rains have, for the last fortnight, deprived us of the pleasure of our contemplated visit to Montpelier, & the horrible state in which they have left the roads compels us, with regret, still to postpone it, for a few days. We look forward, however, with confidence, to the enjoyment of this satisfaction, in the course of the next week. In the mean time, I send you, in the enclosed paper which I have just received, the speech of Monsieur Viennet, a member of the French Chamber of Deputies, which, I have supposed, would be interesting to you as a frank disclosure & analysis of the present political condition of France by one acting with, & friendly to, the government. Private letters, which I have recently received, present similar views of the straits of the new monarchy between the hostile factions which assail it, & speak of it’s overthrow as an event, to the full, as probable as the revolution which established it, was, at the period of it’s occurrence. The failure of Mr. Ritchie to return Col. Drayton’s letter, has hitherto put it out of my power to communicate it to you, tho’ a portion of it’s contents, doubtless, met your eye in the Enquirer, to which Mr. R. transferred so much of it a[s] admitted of publication, without too large an encroa[ch]ment on the freedom of private correspondence.

Mrs. Rives desires to present her co[r]dial salutations to yourself & Mrs. Madison, to whom [I] beg also to offer my best respects, while I repeat t[he] assurance of the respectful & affectionate attachment with which I am most truly your’s

W C Riv[es]


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