James Madison Papers

James Madison to Edward Everett, 7 October 1830

Montpellier Ocr. 7. 1830

Dear Sir

I return my thanks for your favour of the 28. ult. with a copy of the Chapter from the N. A. Review for this month. I have read the review of the Debates with great pleasure. It must diffuse light on the subject of them every where; and would make an overwhelming impression where it is most needed, if the delirious excitement were not it would seem, an overmatch for reason & truth.

The only inaccuracies observable in my printed letter, are a few slight ones chargeable probably on the transcript from the original draft. The principal one is an omission, in the last paragraph of the 84th. page, of the words-"with these distinctions in view and"-before the words-"with an attention always &c". The meaning is not altered by the omission; but without such a break in the sentence, a bungling, if not obscure aspect is given to it.

You will excuse me for suggesting that you have erred in stating that "I wrote the greatest part of the "Federalist." A greater number of the papers were written by Col. Hamilton: as will be seen by the correct distribution of them, in the Washington Edition by Gidion. A very few of the Nos. were from the third hand. Accept Sir the thanks which I owe you, and be assured of my great & cordial esteem.

James Madison

RC (MHi: Everett Collection); draft (DLC).

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