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I have received your favour of the 10th: of this month with your oration on our anniversary Festival: which, though I received and read it first in a Newspaper, gave me a higher pleasure, by a second perusal, on receiving it in a Pamphlet from its Author. it is if I may be permitted to express an opinion of it, in a strain of Philosophical Reflection, no less they than in a style of Elegance...
Philosophy and Theology being my principal Studies I am ill qualified to correspond with you upon Politicks. I have lately fumbled here and there in 7 Volumes in 8vo. entitled the Light of Nature pursued by One Search. He says there is a Family of that name. I believe him and perceive that you are of that Blood; and as I claim a remote relation, I hope you will not be offended, if hereafter I...
I thank you for the pamphlet you were so kind as to send me by mr Harris, which I have read with great satisfaction. the views of government which it presents are sound, and well worthy the consideration of those who conduct it. but governments never improve otherwise than by revolution. While I acknolege I am far, very far, from being able to write answers of acknowledgement for the many...
On my return, the day before yesterday, after a long absence from this place, I found here your favor of July 4. with the two Chinese works from mr Wilcox which accompanied it. I pray you to accept my thanks for the trouble you have taken in forwarding them, and, if you are in correspondence with mr Wilcox , & should have other occasion to write to him, I must request you to express to him my...
Your letter of the 21 st found me in a commencement of convalescence after a severe illness of some weeks. I have given however to the pamphlet which accompanied it the best attention which my condition has permitted. the facts it has collected are valuable, encouraging to the American mind, and so far as they respect ourselves could give umbrage to none. but if a contrast with other nations...
I have recd your favour inclosing a copy of your "View of the Committee powers of Congress." Without entering into questions which may grow out of the twofold character of the Senate of the U. S. as a Legislative, and Judicial Body, your observations suggest a fuller investigation and more accurate definition of the privileges and authorities, of the several Departments & Branches of our...
I have recd. your favor of the 18th. instant, & delivered into the hands of Mr. Rush the interesting extract inclosed in it. The armed neutrality in 1780, forms an Epoch in the history of maritime law which makes it more than a point of mere curiosity, to trance it to its real source. You know perhaps that there is an American pretension to a share at least in bringing about that measure. The...
J. Madison has recd. the polite invitation of the "Penn Society" to their anniversary dinner on the 25th. inst: Being under the necessity of denying himself, the pleasure of accepting it, he complies with the requested alternative by offering as a toast--"The immortal memory of Penn who subdued the ferocity of Savages by his virtues & enlightened the Civilized world by his Institutions" FC (DLC) .
I have received your friendly letter of the 18th. inst. The few lines which answered your former one of the 21st Jany last, were written in haste & in bad health: but they expressed, though without the attention in some respects due to the occasion, a dissent from the views of the President, as to a Bank of the U. S. and a substitute for it; to which I cannot but adhere. The objections to the...
I have duly recd. your favor of the 9th. with the printed communication inclosed. I am very sensible of my obligations for the kind feelings which dictated both; and not less so, that in weighing my public services, the friendly hand unconsciously favored that end of the beam The attempts of party zeal when pursuing its favorite object, to break into the domain of the Constitution, can not be...