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James Madison to Edward Everett, 8 April 1830

Montpellier Apl. 8. 1830

Dear Sir

I consult the wishes of Mr. Sparks in making you a channel of communication with him. Should he not have arrived at Washington, be so good as to retain the inclosed letter till you can deliver it in person, or till otherwise advised by him or by me.

I take this occasion, Sir, to thank you for the copies of Mr. Webster’s and Mr. Sprague’s late speeches. They do honor, both of them, to the National Councils. Mr. Webster’s is such as was to be expected. To Mr. Sprague’s I cannot apply the same remark, not having had the same previous knowledge of his Parliamentary powers.

If the able debates on Mr. Foot’s Resolutions have thrown lights on some constitutional questions, they shew errors which have their sources in an oblivion of explanatory circumstances, and in the silent innovations of time on the meaning of words & phrases. Be pleased to accept Sir, assurances of my high esteem & cordial regards.

James Madison

RC (MHi: Everett Collection); FC (DLC).

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