James Madison Papers

Joseph C. Cabell to James Madison, 27 September 1828

Warminster. 27 Sep. 1828

Dear Sir,

I shall see you so shortly that I would not now write, were it not for your express desire that I should do so. Your letter on the Tariff came to hand by the last mail, and has been read with the deepest interest. It is a paper <   > so important, & so especially calculated to correct the unhappy state of the public mind to the South, that you must consent to its publication. I felt strongly inclined to send it directly to the Editors of the National Intelligencer and nothing but my respect for you prevented me from doing so. After what took place a year ago respecting your former letter on this subject, I thought a previous application due on this occasion. It is entirely inadmissible that I should keep in my private possession a paper which is the property of the nation, & calculated to do infinite good to our distracted country: and I earnestly hope you will consent to its immediate publication. You would do well to give your consent at once, for you will be assailed from many quarters by the most earnest applications. As I shall see you so soon, I will decline any further remarks for the present, and conclude with the expression of my heartfelt thanks, and unceasing attachment & respect.

Joseph C. Cabell

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

Index Entries