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J. M. had occasion lately to return his thanks to Mr. Van Buren for a copy of the Executive proceedings, of the Senate relating to the Mission to the Congs. at Panama. He has now to add those due for the Copy since recd. of the very able Speech deliverd by him on that subject; repeating at the same time assurances of his high & friendly respects. Draft (DLC) .
J. Madison has duly recd. the Copy of the Executive proceedings of the Senate & other documents relating to the Mission to the Congress at Panama, forwarded under a cover of Mr. Van Buren; to whom he returns his thanks for the valuable communication with assurances of his high respect & best wishes. Draft (NN) .
I have recd. your favour of the 22d. and at the same time, under another cover, the paper containing your observations on the depending modification of the federal Courts. The Judicial Department is evidently not a little difficult to be accomodated to the territorial extent to which the Legislative & Executive may be carried, on the federal principle. To prevent the gradual departure from...
Your letter of Aug. 30. has been longer unanswered than I could have wished: but the delay has been unavoidable. And I am sensible now that the subject of it invited more of development, than sucessive occurrences calling off my attention, have permitted. The brief view taken of it, will at least be a proof of my disposition to comply with your request, which I regard as a private one, as you...
Since mine of Sepr. 20. answering yours of Aug. 30. I have recd. that of Sepr. 28. with a copy of the Report of the Come. on Roads & canals. I have not been able to read more of it than the part which you notice. The Come. have transcended all preceding Advocates of the doctrine they espouse in appealing to the old articles of Confederation for its support. Whatever might have been the...
I have recd. your favor of the 3rd. covering the Report to the Senate on the "Georgia Business". The Report is drawn with the ability which might be expected from the Committee making it. The views which it presents on the subject, can not certainly be complained of by Georgia. The occurrence has been a most painful one, whether regarded in its tendency abroad or at home. And God grant that it...
J. Madison, with his respects to Mr. Van Buren, thanks him for the copy of his Speech in behalf of the surviving officers of the Revolutionary Army. They are very fortunate in having such able advocates. It is a painful reflection, that after all that can now be done, so much of the price of Independence, should be left for the pages of history as a charge against the justice & gratitude of...
J. Madison has received the copy of the "Observations on the proposed amendment of Mr. Foot", with which Mr. Van Buren has favored him. Tho’ not according with some of the views applied to the occasion, he is fully sensible of the ability and advantage with which all of them are presented. J. M begs Mr. Van Buren to be assured of his great esteem, and to accept a return of his best wishes, in...
Perceiving that I am indebted to you for a copy of the Report to the Senate relating to the "Colonization of persons of Colour", I return the thanks due to your politeness. The Document contains much interesting matter, and denotes an able hand in the preparation of it. I find it more easy, however, to accede to its conclusion agst. the power claimed for Congress, than to some of the positions...
Wishing to give the surest as well as a speedy conveyance of the inclosed letter to Genl. Lafayette, I take the liberty of requesting that it may be permitted to accompany the earliest dispatches from the Department of State, to Paris. Mrs. M. avails herself of the occasion & of my pen to return her thanks for the acceptable article* recd. through the hand of Mr. Carter Stephenson, whilst she...
J. Madison has duly recd the Copy of the President’s Message forwarded by Mr. Van Buren. In returning his thanks for this polite attention, he regrets the necessity of observing that the Message has not rightly conceived the intention of J. M. in his Veto in 1817. on the Bill relating to Internal Improvements. It was an object of the Veto to deny to Congress, as well the appropriating power,...
Your letter of June 9th. came duly to hand. On the subject of the discrepancy between the construction put by the message of the President on the Veto of 1817. and the intention of its author, the President will of course consult his own view of the case. For myself, I am aware that the document must speak for itself, and that that intention can not be substituted for the established rules of...
I recd. your letter of July 30 in due time, but have taken advantage of the permitted delay in answering it. Altho’ I have again turned in my thoughts the subjects of your preceding letter, on which "any further remarks from me would be acceptable", I do not find that I can add any thing material to what is said in my letter of July 5, or in former ones. Particular cases of local improvements...
I take a liberty, for which I must again apologize; in requesting that the enclosed letters may be forwarded with the first dispatches from the Office of State for Paris & Liverpool, renewing to you, at the same time, assurances of my high esteem & cordial respects. FC (DLC) .
Your late favor inclosing the Message of the President was duly recd. And I should have been more prompt in my thanks for your politeness: but for a painful Rheumatic Attack which drew my attention from every thing not immediately & urgently pressing on it. To this apology, permit me to add a avowed renewal of my present respectful & cordial salutations Draft (DLC) .
I recd. lately thro’ the Dept of State a letter from Mr. Randolph our Envoy to Russia. I ask the favor of you to let the enclosed answer pass thro’ the same channel with your kind communications to him. Be pleased to accept, at the same time the renewed assurances of my high esteem with my cordial salutations. FC (DLC) .
J. M presents his respects to Mr. V. B. & thanks him for the Copy of the Report of the Joint Comtee of the Senate & Assembly of N.Y. on a Communication from the Governor kindly forwarded to him. He has recd. from a Perusal of the Document a just impression of the ability with which it was prepared & of the praiseworthy spirit of moderation & conciliation, which pervades it Draft (DLC) ; FC (ViU) .
J. Madison with his respectful compliments to Mr. Van Buren, returns his thanks for the Copy of Mr Adams’ Oration on the "Life & character of Lafayette." It is a signal illustration of the powers & resources of the Orator; and will deservedly aid in making more known, a Character, which will be the more admired, the more it is known. ( MHi : Adams Papers); FC (DLC) .
J. Madison with his respects to Mr. Van Buren thanks him for the copy of the President’s message on the 7th. instant. It is a very able Document, and in some of its aspects particularly, interesting. The mode in which it disclaims any threats to France seems well adapted to the occasion. Its effect on the sensibilities of the French Executive, should these be involved in the sequel, may...
J. Madison, with his best respects to Mr. Van Buren, thanks him for the Copy of the President’s late Special Message and the Documents accompanying it. He wishes he could have found in the posture of the controversy with France less of a remaining cloud over the desired issue to it. RC ( CLjC ); draft (DLC) .
J. Madison with his thanks to Mr Van Buren for the Copy of the Presidents Message of the 22d. reciprocates his congratulations on the event, which terminates the difficulties with France. It is a happy denouement of an embarrassing controversy, apparently working itself into a knot, for which the sword alone might be a match. The following ommitted [None perhaps, rejoice on this occasion, more...
J. Madison has duly received the Copy of the President’s Message of the 8th. inst., enclosed by Mr. Van Buren and respectfully thanks him for the interesting communication. FC (DLC) .