James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jared Ingersoll, [9 February] 1796

From Jared Ingersoll

[9 February] 1796

Dear Sir

As you have considered the question of Constitutionality arising on the Carriage Tax, & I am applied to, on a sudden, to engage in the Argument,1 if without inconvenience, you could bestow 10 or 15 minutes to hint your Ideas upon the Subject, they will be very acceptable to me.

Excuse the liberty I take I am With much respect Your obed hum servt

Jared Ingersoll

RC (NHi). Addressed by Ingersoll to JM, “No. 115 Spruce Street,” with the date “1796.” Other details of the date may have been torn or trimmed from the bottom of the letter. Date here assigned on basis of an entry in the lists probably made by Peter Force (DLC, series 7, container 2).

1Jared Ingersoll (1749–1822), attorney general of Pennsylvania, had been appointed to represent the plaintiff in error in Hylton v. U.S., in which argument before the Supreme Court opened on 23 Feb. 1796.

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