James Madison Papers

Joseph C. Cabell to James Madison, 16 November 1828

Edgewood. 16 Nov. 1828.

Dear Sir,

Your favor of the 30th ult has reached me in safety by a late mail; and I seize the earliest opportunity to convey to you the assurance of my heartfelt gratitude for the increased obligations conferred upon me. Your last letter, on the policy of the Tariff, is a happy sequel to your First, on the Right of Congress to adopt the measure; and both together, make up a body of doctrine, which will correct the phrensy in the public mind, and I have no doubt will be duly appreciated by all the discreet & sober part of the nation. For myself, for my friends & for my country, I return you, my best acknowledgments. The only regret I feel on the occasion is, that these papers should not have appeared sooner. They would have prevented extensive imposition on the people. But they will still come in time to render vast service. I will take them with me to Richmond, and confer with some of my friends, as to the most expedient time to lay them before the public. I shall leave home later than usual, but in time to get in by the first day, or a very early day, of the session. I am, dear Sir, very respectfully & truly yours

Joseph C. Cabell

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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