James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Taylor, 5 August 1793

From John Taylor

Caroline August 5th. 1793

Dr. Sir

I have this moment parted with Giles & Venable, who have been two days at my house; the contents of the packet I sent you by Mr: Maury were stated to them, and they request me to convey their respects, and their decided opinions to you. They think the production1 ought to be printed and dispersed as soon as possible. It may produce in the virga. Assembly a repeal of the bank laws,2 and an expulsion of bank paper, on Mr: Jefferson’s idea—and this will operate against the banking system in Congress—1st. As it removes the argument of the state approbation of the banking system. 2ly. As it will tend to draw specie from the other states to Virga, which effect will be foreseen. 3ly. As it will leave the other states exclusively subject to the bank tax. These gentlemen have promised to see me again in October. Permit me to ask the favour of hearing from you. Mr: Pendleton purposes shortly to visit his son in law Mr: R. Taylor,3 which will afford a good opportunity. Having but a moment, I will employ it in an Ejaculation—Be happy! With great respect I am Sir Yr: mo: obt: st.

John Taylor

RC (DLC). Addressed by Taylor to JM at Orange. Docketed by JM.

1Taylor’s pamphlet, Enquiry into the Principles.

2During its 1792 session, the Virginia General Assembly passed acts establishing state banks at Alexandria and Richmond (Hening, Statutes description begins William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619 (13 vols.; Richmond and Philadelphia, 1819–23). description ends , 13:592–607).

3Robert Taylor (1763–1845) of Orange County was married in 1784 to Frances Pendleton (1767–1831), daughter of Edmund Pendleton, Jr., nephew and namesake of the judge (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , 41 [1933]: 85–86).

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