James Madison Papers

James Hillhouse to James Madison, 10 May 1830

City of Washington May 10th. 1830

Dear Sir———

I take the liberty of enclosing you a Pamphlet, containing a revision of the Amendments to the constitution of the United States, which twenty two years since I presented to the Senate. Occurrances, since that period, furnish additional reasons for adopting some different mode of appointing a chief Magistrate, than the one now in practice——— I have a great dread of civil commotion, which would be more peculiarly calamitous in our country, than in almost any other.

No nation on earth have an Organized body, so peculiarly adapted to such a selection. A senate appointed with an express reference to their being the Candidates for the two first offices in our government, and having six years experience in the discharge of executive duties, before they can receive such an appointment, would ensure a President both competent, and well qualified.

It would be highly gratifying to me, if you would give to the pamphlet a careful perusal, and favor me with your remarks, an opinion thereon.

Please present my kind regards to Mrs. Madison, and assure her, that notwithstanding the lapse of time since I had the pleasure of seeing her, I still number her among my most valued friends——— With sentiments of the highest respect and esteem I am dear Sir Your Obedt. Hume. Servt.

James Hillhouse

RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers); draft? (NjMoHP). RC docketed by JM.

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