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Caleb Cushing to James Madison, 3 February 1836

Washington February 3rd 1836


I beg leave to present to you the accompanying speech, in which I have endeavored to maintain the right of petition, as it is recognised in the Constitution. It is not probable that I should have troubled the House with my views on the subject, but for my knowledge of the debates of 1790 in reference to a very similar occasion, and the reliance I placed on the opinion which you then expressed, as referred to in the 13th & 14th pages of my speech. In these circumstances, I venture to place it under your eyes, and I have the honor to be, With profound respect, Your obt servant,

Caleb Cushing


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