James Madison Papers

James Madison to Nicholas P. Trist, 23 September 1831

Montpellier September 23. 1831

Dear Sir

Interruptions from my Rheumatism and a succession of less unwelcome guests have delayed the thanks now rendered for your several printed communications, particularly, the Pamphlet of Mr. E. and the paper headed "Nullification Theory". The former is an able & well written performance; and will be denied this character by few of the adverse party. If the latter does not silence the adversary, the explanation will lie between an impenetrable stupidity and an incurable prejudice. I hope the antidote will find its way into the channels which have most successfully inculated the poison.

I take the liberty of retaining a little longer the S. C. Pamphlet, but it shall be safely returned as you wish

I had noticed the heresy in the Resolns. of the Antitariff meeting at Orange Ct. House. It is the most extraordinary, tho’ far from the only proof how little the Constitutional branch of the subject is understood by those who take the lead on such occasions. Health & all other happiness

James Madison

RC (DLC: Nicholas P. Trist Papers); draft (DLC).

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