James Madison Papers

James Madison to Samuel Martin, 30 January 1829

Montpellier Jany. 30. 1829

I have recd. Sir your letter of jany. 7. in which you suggest the idea of opening the Mail free of cost, for all letters, newspapers, & pamphlets of limited size; Whatever consideration may be due to plans facilitating private intercourse, to public information; The abuses not easily guarded agt. to which the universality of such a privilege wd. be liable to the cheapness & extensiveness of the existing provisions for circulating intelligence, recommend hesitation at least in adopting so new an arrangement, necessarily involving so unforeseen an expence.

Such is the view of the subject which occurs to me, & I mention it in compliance with the wish your letter seems to express—With friendly respects



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