James Madison Papers

James Madison to Baron Hyde de Neuville, 26 July 1830

Montpellier July 26. 1830

Dear Sir

I have recd. through Monsr. Chersant, the two pamphlets for which I am indebted to your politeness, the one "Discours d’ouverture prononcé a la Séance generale &c&c" the other "De la question Portugaise". I cannot return my thanks for them, without remarking that the first is equally distinguished by its instructive, and by its philanthropic views; and that the second is a proof that the young Claimant of the throne of Portugal, could not have been favoured with a better informed or more eloquent advocate.

I am induced by the interest you take in whatever concerns our Country, to inclose a copy of the new Constitution adopted by Virginia. It has just received the popular sanction, by votes of about 25,000. against 15,000; and will be carried into execution within the present year. As must happen in such cases, it is the offspring of mutual concessions of opinions & interests, and the parent of some dissatisfactions. But the people of America are too well schooled in the duty & practice of submitting to the will of the majority, to permit any serious uneasiness on that account.

Mrs. Madison writes a few lines to the Baroness. In the cordial regards they express, I beg leave to join; as she does in the sentiments of esteem & good wishes of which I pray you to accept the sincere assurance.

James Madison

RC (owned by Reverend David H. Coblentz, Williamsburg, Va., ); draft (DLC).

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