James Madison Papers

Charles J. Ingersoll to James Madison, 9 November 1827

Philadelphia 9 November 1827

dear Sir

I do not submit to your notice the remarks I lately took occasion to make as substantially contained in the Newspaper herewith, to shew that I entertain for your character and public life the greatest reverence and regard, but by way of some acknowledgment for the very great pleasure with which I saw your appearance in the letter published to redeem the Constitution from a most alarming perversion in the hands of partisans—but for your interposition there is no imagining how far party might carry us beyond the old confederation But I flatter myself that your shield will save us I most heartily wish that in the presidential contest and that concerning manufactures now dividing the country, a portion of the north=east may take the side of opposition to the present administrative and to the protecting policy, and a portion of the south west the side of them both, so as to prevent the dangerous demarcation threatening to be found. And without presuming to intrude upon you sentiments concerning men, I was delighted to see you come forth for the constitutionality of measures, which surely their opponents have room enough to question on grounds of policy, without tearing down part of the federal government—From no one living--I might add, or dead--could such an appeal come with equal propriety and effect—

I am still a professional drudge I wish I were at liberty to write for publication what I think might be published of your conduct of the U States—your administration having been, as I consider it, the most constitutional and the most glorious period of our national existence—

I beg to present thro’ you my cordial compliments to Mrs. Madison and to subscribe myself your devoted and obedient servant

C. J. Ingersoll

RC and enclosure (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). Docketed by James Madison. Enclosure is a newspaper clipping.

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