James Madison Papers

Edward Everett to James Madison, 22 April 1830

H. R. Washington 22d. April 1830.

Dear Sir

I had the great gratification of receiving Yesterday Your favor of the 17th addressed to myself with a copy of a portion of another letter containing Your views of the nullifying doctrine. I feel much indebted to You for this communication wh I deem of an importance not usually attaching to the expression of the opinions of any man. I shall perhaps ask permission to propose one or two Enquiries of a historical Nature, as soon as I have leisure to take up the subject deliberately. Meantime I cannot but express the hope that You will not finally withold from the public the very important Statements contained in Your Communication. I think I may say that nothing more important to the country has been written since the date of the Federalist. I am, Dear sir, with the highest respect Your oblig’d friend

Letterbook copy (MHi: Everett Collection).

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