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Altho’ personally unacquainted with you, I hope, my revered Sir, you will not consider it presumption in one so obscure as myself to address you, being actuated in so doing by the purest motives. Conjointly with several friends, I wish to learn from you, who performed so eminent a part in the formation of our Federal Constitution, what was the main or primary object in instituting that branch...
Since my son wrote to me last summer after enjoying as he said the delightful presence of the magnificent old democrat of Montpellier, tho’ I have not had the happiness of any direct communication, yet I have constantly heard thro’ Gov. Gales of your situation and health—always, from every body, that your bouayant spirits are undiminished and your conversation what it always has been. Allow me...
It has been my good fortune to be selected as the channel by which to forward a package to you which appears to have come originally from Havre. A box to your address was to day delivered at this Office from on board a New York packet. On reflection I have concluded to acquit myself of the trust by sending the box to Major Gibbon the Collector of Richmond whom I have requested to send it...
Below is an authority for transferring my credit on the Books of the S. G. T. Company, to yours. FC and enclosure (DLC) . Enclosure is an authorization written by Payne Todd, for Allen to receive the dividend from the Swift Run Gap Turnpike Company.
The copy of your "Discourse on the History charac[ter] and prospects of the West", was duly received; and I have read with pleasure, the instructive views taken of its interesting and comprehensive themes Should the youth addressed and their successors follow your advice, and their example be elsewhere, in noting from period to period, the progress and changes of our country under the aspects...
The Kind interest which You have always taken in the Work of the Coast Survey, occasiones me to communicate to You herewith a Copy of the principal Documents relating to that work, which it has become necessary for me to print on account of the violent attack made upon me, and my character by the 4th Auditor under whose hands the transfer of the work to the Navy Department has brought the...
This letter will be handed to you by the Reverend Daniel Newell, the General Agent appointed by the "Society of the Alumni" of the College of New Jersey, for carrying into effect the resolution of that body to raise $100,000 for the enlargement of the Institution. The Committee of the Society of Alumni, who selected & have commissioned Mr. Newell as their general Agent, have great confidence...
Altho’ the Legislature of Virginia declared at a late Session almost unanimously, that S. Carolina was not supported in her doctrine of nullification by the Resolutions of 1798, it appears that those Resolutions are still appealed to as expressly or constructively favoring the doctrine That the doctrine of nullification may be clearly understood, it must be taken as laid down in the Report of...
You justly take alarm at the new doctrine that a majority Govt. is of all Govts. the most oppressive. The doctrine strikes at the root of Republicanism, and if pursued into its consequences, must terminate in absolute monarchy, with a standing military force; such alone being impartial between its subjects, and alone capable of overpowering majorities as well as minorities. But it is said that...
Having alluded to the Supreme Court of the U. S. as a Constitutional resort in deciding questions of Jurisdiction between the U. S. and the individual States a few remarks may be proper shewing the sense and degree in which that character is more particularly ascribed to that Department of the Govt. As the Legislative, Executive & Judicial Departments of the U. S. are co-ordinate, and each...
Deposit 5400 + 600 (check every Memorandum of checks drawn on the Bank of Fredericksburg on the fund recd. from Mr Taylor. No. 1. fav. of W. Allen $1500 2. J. C. Payne 400 3. E. Coles.....2050 octb 4. J. Ballard & Co. ..... 200 10 5. Js. Shepherd ..... 80 10 6. Eras: T. Rose .... 250 17. 7 Docr. Grymes ..... 15 20. 8. D & M. Cutts ... 45 31. 9. Jas. Cowherd .... 1047 Nov 11. 20. Peter Gray...
I take the liberty of sending to you three of the Declarations on parchment which you will oblige me much by signing and then return them to Hon Walter Lowrie Secy. of the Senate, who will obtain the signatures of the other Gentlemen and return them to me—The Influence of this document has been vastly important—Will you please say to Mrs Madison that I gave her message to Mr Astor—With the...
In the interview at your house and during the very interesting remarks with which you favoured me on that occasion, the conversation turned on the subject of Galvanism—I mentioned some experiments performed in this place and offered to send them for your perusal—Mrs Madison kindly offering to read them to you—A favorable opportunity presenting itself by a gentleman going to Orange C H. I send...
I have received your letter of the 20th. instant. The object of it will be attained, by this acknowledgment, with my name and that of Mrs. M. subscribed. (DLC) .
I have just rec’d from Mr Scrope, one of the M. Ps for this County, a Pamphlet sent him ex officio. I have made some short hand marginal Notes upon it which I have not time to transcribe, and they would be little worth if I had; but I have ordered one of the Pamphlets to be sent to you from London, where, I suppose, they are by this time on Sale. The short of the Story I take to be this. The...
Estimating the price of flour as rather more likely to be better than lower, I have preferred a small loan from the bank to a sale of the flour on hand. You will oblige me therefore, by turning the enclosed note into a credit for in Bank, and letting me know when I may draw on it. Your letter noting the balance in your account, was duly recd. I had disposed of a draft on you for $80 in favor...
I am pleased to be able now to forward you the specimen of wrought anthracite. It came safely yesterday tho. the article for which ye forme pencil was entirely broken to pieces. Allow me to seize this opportunity to avouch my affectionate & enduring sense of your great personal worth, & the eminent services you have rendered my beloved country—the home & the heritage of my children. That a...
—I have recd. fellow Citizens your letter inviting me in behalf of the New England society in N. York to a dinner on the 22d. Inst., their anniversary celebration of the principles & virtues of their pilgrim Fathers. The obstacles to my acceptance of the invitation being insuperable I can only express my acknowledgments for the kindness & politeness which dictated it. The exalted feelings...
In a letter I received from my Friend Mr. Delavan, soon after his late visit to Montpelier, he requested me to inform you, of the success of his application to Mr. Adams and the President to follow your Example in giving their countenance to the temperance reformation: but immediately after getting his letter, I perceived the information referred to, was carried to you through many channels of...
Being satisfied from observation and experience, as well as from medical testimony, that ardent spirit as a drink, is not only needless, but hurtful; and that entire disuse of it would tend to promote the health, the virtue and happiness of the community, we hereby express our conviction, that would the citizens of the United States, and especially the Young Men , discontinue the use of it,...
One of your fellow Citizens of the north who is a stranger to your (person but who has Cherished the highest respect for your Character from his earliest years) has long been desirous of soliciting your advice in a matter of the highest importance to himself and has as long hesitated lest he might be guilty of an impropriety—Considering his own youth and your very advanced age. However relying...
Permit me to ask from Your venerable hand some small incident in Your publick life in Your own hand writing that I my Keep it as and Consistent as one of this Best treasures that I Can be possed of It would be truly gratifing to me and my friends to have in my possession the hand Writing of One truly great and honourable as your honour. I am with great Respt your humble and Ob Sert RC (DLC) .
I should have to reproach myself severely for not replying to your kind note of April 11th. if my omission has arisen from negligence & not good intentions. Having never designed or expected to draw from you the slightest notice of my humble efforts, by sending you the Speech I did, I scrupled intruding again on your repose by a letter which it was to be feared would seem to require an answer,...
For the lateness of this acknowledgment of your letter of the 31 Ult: my dear Sir, I must plead my crippled condition which has not mended, and more than usual calls on my attention. It would seem that neither of us have seized precisely the views of the other, in our comments on the political questions which have agitated the public. I retain the opinion in which I am glad you agree, that...
Honl. James Madison 1834   To Peter Gray Agt. Dr. Mar. 6. For North American Review 1834 ..... $5.-- Above you have bill for North American Review, 1834, for which please I would be obliged to you, to forward the amt as soon as convenient. My Father, who has given me all his book agencies, sends his respects to you, Yrs. very Respectfully. RC (DLC) .
Grateful as I was for your letter considered as a mark of your kindness and esteem, it gave me yet greater pleasure as a proof of the restoration of that health which is the object of so much solicitude to your Country and I have the further satisfaction to learn through Mr Ingersoll that it continues to improve, long may this be the Case, long may you remain to enjoy the veneration which your...
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Edwd. C. Delavan Esqr. Chairman of the Executive Comtee of the New York State temperance Society. Mr. Delavan has visited our State, to be present at the temperance Convention which has taken place here—He anticipates some advantages to this great cause, if he can obtain the assurance of your countenance in its favour—He is more-over desirous of...
In returning you my grateful acknowledgements for your highly prized letter of the 15th instant, I cannot refrain, though very reluctant to give you trouble, from making a few remarks in reply, and in explanation of what you call my "one sided view of subjects which ought to be viewed on both sides whatever be the decision on them". In asking your opinion of, and invoking your interposition to...
(I have received the copy of your Eulogy on Lafayette; and tho’ obliged in my present condition to read but little at a time, have gone through it, and with great pleasure, finding a reward in every page as I proceeded. It is a fine picture finely framed, with a likeness faithful to the noble original; the more noble for having renounced the vain title. It cannot fail to be universally...
Agreeably to my intention, made known to you, I should have deposited the $7. you overpaid me in the Bank to your credit; but having accidentally heard that there was a letter in the Post Office at Fredericksburg for me, I called and received yours of the 8th instant, and in compliance with the request therein contained have brought on with me the seven dollars, and hold them applicable to any...
My neighbor & friend E. C. Delavan Esqr. of this City, being about to proceed to Virginia, & the vicinity of your residence, I have taken the liberty altho’ personally unknown to you, to offer him this letter of introduction—Mr. Delavan’s devotion to the great cause of temperance, would indeed supersede the necessity of any introduction; but I confess I take an interest, in an interview...
I received with the greater satisfaction your kind letter of the 8th Ult. as those which it answered had not left England many days before I learnt by the papers that the state of your health was such as to leave it very problematical whether they would reach you at all; and though subsequent advices announced your convalescence, the accounts were not such as to flatter me with the hope of...
I have received my dear Sir, your letter of the 15th. ultimo. I did not anticipate a complaint that mine was not full enough; being an effort which in my present condition, I had rarely made. It was not my object to offer either a plenary or a public review of the agitated topics; but to satisfy a friend that I ought not in my 84th. year, and with a constitution crippled by disease, to put...
I received a few days ago your letter of the 9th Ultimo, with an enclosure for Mr George Joy, which I immediately forwarded to its destination— I should have sooner acknowledged the receipt of your former letter enclosing an Autograph for the Princess Victoria, which was received in good time; but waited to do so until I could communicate to you the satisfaction which the very kind and...
I have recd. your letter of the 21. Ult in which you wish to obtain my recollection of what passed between Mr. John Brown and me in 1788, on the overture of Gardoqui "that if the people of Kentucky would erect themselves into an independent State, and appoint a proper person to negociate with him, he had authority for that purpose and would enter into an arrangement with them for the...
Fully knowing the patriotic zeal with which you commenced & continued the last War with Great Britain, & perceiving, also, the support which you derived from the Frigate Constitution, I have the pleasure of forwarding to you a small relic of the old Ship, with the hope that it may long sustain you in the years of your declining age. I have the honor to be Sir: Very Respectfully Your Obdt Servt...
I have just received your letter of the 5th. with the Bond enclosed in it, and catch a fugitive opportunity of requesting by the Mail, that the small balance, may remain in your hands, applicable to some small object in Phila. Accept our joint wishes that health and happiness may attend you both; with our regret that we could not have the pleasure of personally expressing them. RC (NjP :...
An individual, who is totally unknown to your Excellency, presumes to beg a slight favour, which lies only in your Excellency’s power to grant. As all he desires is a mere specimen of your Excellency’s hand writing an acknowledgement of the receipt of this letter, will be cherished as an invaluable treasure by one who has ever admired the wisdom, and sublime qualities of your Excellency. Your...
I have recd. your letter of the 3d. instant enclosing me a Check on the Bank of Virginia at Fredericksburg for $2050. in payment of the principal and interest of the sum borrowed of me. Your Bond for which I return you enclosed—on the back of it you will perceive I have enterd the interest which you have from time to time paid on it. You will also perceive that I have endorsed on it the sum of...
I have received yours of the 15th Sepr. and have commenced an answer; but interruptions of different sorts and my crippled fingers, make the progress very tedious. Tell me where an answer will catch you. Finding that I have in order to avoid the sale of Negroes sold land till the residue will not support them, concentered and increasing as they are, I have yeilded to the necessity of parting...
J. Madison with his best respects to Col: Coles, requests the favor of him to have the enclosed delivered to his brother, if in the neighbourhood. Should he have left it, and be out of immediate reach, Col C. will be so obliging as to return it to me, with a notice of the most expedient address for a letter to his brother. [printer’s fist] The enclosed letter contains a check on the B. Bank of...
Being a Virginian and having had the pleasure in my Earlier days of often Seeing and hearing you together with the interest which I feel in the present political contest in the South must be my apology for obtruding myself upon you in this manner The good and wise I know may be always safely approached by the humblest of their fellow Citizens when instruction is their object Accompanying this...
Permit me to present you, through my friend Mr. Crabb, of Philadelphia, now on a patriotic pilgrimage to Montpelier, the portrait (lithographed) of that distinguished patriot Amos Kendall—who, for efficient emulation of your brilliant services in support of that Democracy whose applause hath made your name immortal—is now traduced and vilified as much even as you have been by that same spirit,...
I recd. in the due time your letter of Aug. 11. But in my present condition I have been obliged to spare the use of the pen as much as possible, especially when an answer was not pressing, and I could give none that could be of much importance. It may well be supposed that at my age, and after a lapse of nearly 30 years, my memory must be a very fallible resort for information as to...
Unless the day should be unfavorable, Mrs Trist & myself & children will set out to-morrow, to dine at Gordonsville, and reach Montpellier in the evening. Cornelia & Mary, and one of Mr. Randolph’s younger daughters (Cary Ann) will follow the next tuesday; and we propose all to leave you on the ensuing friday evening, so as to be in Washington the next day. I thought, when last with you, that...
On the credit of the inclosed letter of introduction from an ancient colleague of the early services of your great career, permit me to solicit, at your perfect ease and convenience, some attention to events in our history. It is not unknown to you, the deep excitement which in 1806 seized the public mind of Ky. in regard to early Spanish intrigues in 1788, to detach the State from the...
I must apologize for the great delay in acknowledging your letter of Apl. 20th, by referring, (now a common and necessary resort) to the feebleness of age, accompanied by severe & continued inroads on my health. My respect for your object, would make it very agreeable to me, to aid it in the way you mention. But on looking into the parcels of pamphlets I possess, I find none that would supply...
Ever since certain evil minded persons entered the Navy-yard at Charlestown, and beheaded the full-length figure of President Jackson fixed on the stem of the renowned Ship Constitution, riot & midnight misrule had become in a measure epidemic. A Roman Catholic Convent or Nunnery, a spacious establishment, in the neighborhood of Bunker-hill, within cannon-shot of the centre of Boston, was...
J. M. presents his thanks to Professor Dew for the Copy of his Essay on Usury. The subject being very ably handled, will doubtless aid in dissipating the erroneous views of it which have so long prevailed. FC (DLC) .
J. M. with his respects to Mr. Gilpin acknowledges the receipt of his able & eloquent Speech on the 4th. of July. The delay in returning his thanks for it, has an apology in the decrepit state of his health, of which he is obliged in this as in other cases to avail himself. FC (DLC) .