James Madison Papers

James Madison to Thomas S. Grimke, 10 January 1833

Jany 10. 1833.

Dr. Sir

I have recd the copy of your "Letter to the people of S. Carolina", after the delay of passing to Charlotte County thence to Charlottesville, and finally to O. C. House, the post office nearest to me. I beg you to accept my thanks for the publication; which are the more due as they were not preceded, by what were so, for the several other favors from your pen. Such has been the degree of my ill health for a long time, as to occasion many regretted omissions.

The Letter makes a powerful & persuasive appeal to the understandings, the interests, & the feelings of your erring fellow Citizens; and it would seem impossible that such an appeal should be altogether unavailing, accompanied as it is by the Universal protest agst. the novel doctrines and rash Counsels of the Ascendant party; a protest varying in language from friendly expostulation, to the strongest tone of denunciation—

The Legislature of Virga has now the whole subject under animated discussion. What is to be the precise result of the discordant opinions called forth I can not conjecture. Before this reaches you, better means of judging, than I possess, will probably be furnished thro’ the press directly from Richmond—I tender you anew Sir, assurances of my high esteem, with my cordial salutations.

J. M.

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