James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Virgil Maxcy, 10 November 1822

From Virgil Maxcy

Tulip Hill, near Annapolis, Md Nov. 10. 1822.


I take the liberty of inclosing you a pamphlet written in Defence of the Maryland Resolutions relative to Appropriations of Public Land for the purposes of education, and in answer to objections, which have been raised against them1—and cannot but hope that a Proposition, promising if carried into effect, important results in favour of the stability of our Institutions, will meet with the approbation of one, whose great talents have been devoted through life to the interests of Freedom & good Government. I have the honour to be With the greatest Respect Sir, Yr. Mo: Obt. Hble. Servt.

V. Maxcy2

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1[Virgil Maxcy], The Maryland Resolutions, and the Objections to Them Considered (Baltimore, 1822; Shoemaker 9444).

2Virgil Maxcy (1785–1844) graduated from Brown University in 1804 and read law with Robert Goodloe Harper of Maryland. He served in the Maryland legislature, as solicitor of the U.S. Treasury, and as U.S. chargé d’affaires to the court of Belgium. He died in the gun explosion on the U.S.S. Princeton, 28 Feb. 1844 (Jonathan Maxcy, The Literary Remains of the Rev. Jonathan Maxcy, D. D. … with a Memoir of His Life [New York, 1844], 29–30).

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