James Madison Papers

James Madison to William C. Rives, 26 January 1836

Montpellier Jany. 26. 1836.

Dear Sir

I return with thanks the papers you kindly favored me with an opportunity of perusing. They are not without interest tho’ superseded by the mass of information now before the public. I am sorry to find from this, that so much uncertainty still clouds the issue of the controversy with France. Should it fail of an amicable adjustment by the parties themselves, it is quite possible that Great Britain may see in some of the consequences of a War between them, injuries overbalancing the incidental advantages accruing to herself, and successfully interpose her friendly offices. The spectacle in that case, would be as marvellous as the state of things which led to it. With our respects and regards to Mrs Rives, I tender the reassurance of my high esteem and best wishes.

James Madison

RC and enclosures (DLC: William C. Rives Papers); FC (DLC).

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