Washington May 24. ’30
I have hitherto forborne to send you a copy of the speech delivered by me on a recent occasion, from an apprehension, that, since the speech referred to opinions supposed by some, but not admitted by others, to have received your approbation in time passed, you might imagine that I expected from you some intimation of what was the truth, on this point. But, altho’ I feel reluctant to omit longer to send you the speech, I pray you to be advised, that I do not feel that I have the slightest right to call on you for any expression of opinion, or any remark on former occurrences. I would not, indeed, conceal my conscious concern not to have misunderstood, or misrepresented, the Resolutions which are understood to have recd. your concurrence; nor my full conviction, that on questions of this kind, your opinions are of the greatest possible weight. Nevertheless, there is nothing which gives me a right to expect from you any suggestion or remark.
I avail myself gladly of this opportunity to present my most respectful & grateful remembrance to Mrs Madison, & to tender to you renewed assurances of my highest respect, & most fervent good wishes.
RC (NhD: Webster Papers).