James Madison Papers

Joel R. Poinsett to James Madison, 24 September 1832

Charleston 24th Septr. 1832

Dear Sir

As you expressed an interest in our proceedings here, I send you herewith some papers relating to our controversy—You will have seen, that our Convention at Columbia recommended a convention of the Southern States—an informal meeting, not such a convention as is contemplated and prohibited by the constitution—I went to that meeting with the sentiments I expressed to you at your house and I came away from it confirmed in my opinion, that it was a most dangerous measure—But I sacrificed that opinion to the unity of the party—It appeared that the call of a southern convention was the minimum concession that we could make to the frenzy of the moment—and we hope, that there will be a sufficient number of persons found in that convention to set at rest forever the absurd—and dangerous doctrine of nullification—and to declare, that it becomes us to obey the laws of the general government and to be tranquil—

I hope Sir that you have continued improving in your health; and I beg you will make my respects to Mrs Madison—I am dear Sir very respectfully yours

J. R. Poinsett

The reviews are confidently attributed to the pen of Mr. Cheves


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