James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Edmund Pendleton, 18 August 1783

From Edmund Pendleton

Printed excerpt (Stan. V. Henkels Catalogue No. 694 [1892], p. 94).

Editorial Note

In LC: Madison Miscellany, a list, probably prepared about 1850 by Peter Force or by his clerk, calendars this letter as follows: “1783 August 18 Virginia To James Madison The address of the Citizens of Philadelphia to Congress. Prospect of return from Prince Town … 1 page foli[o].”

Virginia, August 18, 1783

The Address of the Citizens of Philad’a would have been clearer if fewer Egotisms had appear’d in it. Some were excusable as an evidence of their attachment to the Federal Government, and I am inclined to think that a Majority were ready to have protected Congress from & resented the insult, and that I formerly hinted the true source of the neglect. Be that as it may, that body are polite & civil in their answer, and properly avoided any declaration on the subject of returning.1

1The subject of this excerpt suggests that JM, as was his custom, had written both to Pendleton and to Randolph on 5 August, mentioning the “Address” and the “answer” of Congress thereto, and enclosing to each of them a copy of the Pennsylvania Packet of that date (JM to Randolph, 5 Aug., and nn. 3, 4). See also JM to Randolph, 28 July 1783, and n. 3.

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