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From James Madison to the Secretary of the Republican Meeting of Kent County, Maryland, 21 March 1809

To the Secretary of the
Republican Meeting of Kent County, Maryland

Washington Mar. 21. 1809


I have recd. your letter of the 16th. inst:1 inclosing the proceedings of “The Democratic Citizens of Kent County[”] on the 4th. instant.

I am greatly obliged by the kind expressions towards me which have a place in those proceedings; and the more so as the value of them is enhanced by the patriotic spirit which characterizes the Meeting.

In preferring peace, tho’ prepared for a suspension of its blessings, when the national rights can not be otherwise maintained; and in doing justice to the measures & motives, by which those blessings have been cherished, without an abandonment of those rights, they have shewn themselves worthy of the Country & government of which they are Citizens.

It is a grateful reflection that a like disposition prevails throughout the great mass of our Countrymen; and it may reasonably be hoped, that the number forming an exception will every day diminish under the influence of truth and of the general example.

I tender to the Citizens of Kent County, to whom I am indebted for the Address transmitted by you, my sincere respects & friendly wishes.

Draft (DLC). Headed: “To Cornelius Comegys Esqr. / Kent County Maryland.”

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