James Madison Papers

James Madison to Henry Clay, 9 October 1830

Montpellier Ocr. 9. 1830

Dear Sir

I have just been favored with yours of the 22d. Ult: enclosing a copy of your Address delivered at Cincinnati. Without concurring in every thing that is said, I feel what is due to the ability and eloquence which distinguish the whole. The rescue of the Resolutions of Kentucky in -98 & 99. from the misconstruction of them, was very a propos; that authority being particularly relied on, as an Æegis to the Nullifying doctrine; which notwithstanding its hideous aspect, & fatal tendency, has captivated so many honest minds. In a late letter to one of my correspondents, I was led to the like task of vindicating the proceedings of Virginia in those years. I would gladly send you a copy if I had a suitable one. But as the letter is appended to the North A. Review for this month, you will probably have an early opportunity of seeing it.

With my thanks for your obliging communication, I beg you to accept assurances of my great & cordial esteem, in which Mrs. Madison joins me; as I do her in the best regards which she offers to Mrs Clay.

James Madison

RC (DLC: Henry Clay Papers); draft (DLC).

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