James Madison Papers

Hugh Mercer to James Madison, 17 January 1828

Fredericksbg, Jany 17th 1828—

Dear Sir,

My very high respect & esteem & personal attachment for you, make it my Duty to say, that a Day or two before I left home on the 3d Inst, to attend the late Convention at Richmond, I received a letter from Mr. Monroe in concluding a Correspondence on the subject, mentioning that your views accorded fully with his own, in desiring to be excused by the convention from serving on the electoral Ticket—both of you wishing to remain neutral on a question, which agitates our Country to such an unusual degree—& that you had requested him so to inform me—

Mr Monroe had previously written me a letter, on my suggesting to him that he had better take such course, which I was authorised by him to shew to the electoral Committee, & such friends as I thought proper, in confidence

I made known his wishes as well as your’s, as delicately & confidentially as I could—& some few of your political & personal friends were disposed at length, to yield their own views & anxious wishes, to your desire to be excused—but a very large & decided Majority thought differently—

Regarding as I do the total unfitness of Genl Jackson for the Presidency of the U.States, & the great Danger to our free institutions of his elevation to that high & responsible station, I have only to add my wish to that of many many thousands in Va & the U.States, who earnestly hope that you & Mr. Monroe will feel that you can with Justice to your own feelings, obey the Call of your Country at this most solemn & interesting Crisis in her affairs—

I wrote Col. Monroe from Richmond, & informed him, that I would write you as soon as I returned home, which was on Tuesday evening—I am Dear Sir, most respectfully & truly, yr friend & Srt,

Hugh Mercer

RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.

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