James Madison Papers

Nicholas P. Trist to James Madison, 17 September 1831

Sep. 17. ’31

Dr. Sir,

The enclosed is a communication to the Enquirer, not yet published, which I have got printed at the Globe office, and sent to the E. in its present shape, to avoid the typographical errors which, had it been sent in M. S., would have been sure to occur, & to mar the sense. If the Lynchb Jeffersonian speak the truth, Mr Walsh pronounces Mr. Calhoun’s piece to be unanswerable, and another eastern Editor admits that no difference can be discerned between Mr. Jefferson’s principles & Mr. C’s. This is of course a great triumph for the Jeffersonian & he defies the world to show any difference. I wish I had time for a full review of the whole subject. I am thoroughly convinced that I could rescue Mr Jefferon’s doctrines as well as yours, in such a clear conclusive manner as not to leave a shadow of doubt, in any candid mind, that they had nothing whatever in common with modern Nullification in any of its shapes. In haste & affy

N. P. T.

FC (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book).

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