James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James T. Austin, 11 July 1811 (Abstract)

§ From James T. Austin

11 July 1811, Boston. Asks if JM can spare the time to read the enclosed pamphlet, written by “a zealous admirer of his administration.”1

RC (DLC). 1 p.

1Austin very likely enclosed a copy of his pamphlet, written under the pseudonym of “Leolin” and published on 30 June 1811, Resistance to the Laws of the United States; Considered in Four Letters to the Honorable Harrison Gray Otis (Boston, 1811; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols. to date; New York, 1958—). description ends 22216). The first three “Leolin” letters had been written in April 1811 during the Massachusetts state elections, and they critically explored the violent and disunionist implications of the call made by Harrison Gray Otis for resistance to the 2 Mar. 1811 Nonintercourse Act. The fourth letter, dated 19 June 1811, was a further attack on Otis for his criticisms of Gov. Elbridge Gerry’s 7 June 1811 address to the Massachusetts legislature, which had also deplored Federalist methods of opposing the policies of JM’s administration (see JM to Gerry, 21 June 1811, and n. 1).

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