James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William Hawkins, 4 January 1812

To William Hawkins

Washington Jany. 4. 1812


I have recd. your letter of the 26th. ult: inclosing the Resolutions of the Genl. Assembly of N. Carolina, approving the sentiments contained in the Message to Congs. of Novr. 5. and declaring their readiness to co-operate in vindicating the violated rights of their Country.

Approbation from such a source could not fail under any circumstances to strengthen the satisfaction arising from a consciousness of faithful purposes. In the present conjuncture, it is the more gratifying as it is accompanied by a pledge to co-operate in the measures by which such sentiments may be effectuated.

I heartily join in the hopes you express that the state of our national affairs will have its proper influence in converting party feelings & prejudices into united exertions agst. the aggressions & insults which the just conduct of our Country has failed to avert; and I tender you assurances of my great respect.

Draft (DLC). JM’s response, together with William Hawkins’s letter of 26 Dec. 1811, was printed in the National Intelligencer on 8 Feb. 1812.

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