James Madison Papers

James Madison to the Committee for the Democratic Festival, Philadelphia, 29 June 1834

June 29. 34

I have recd. fellow Citizens your letter inviting me to the Democratic festival to be given on the 4th of July. I beg that the Company may be assured of my due respect for so kind a mark of their attention. But the gratification, I might feel in being present on an occasion cherishg. the Constitutional doctrines, maintained by Virginia, in 1798-9, as an authentic view of the relations between the Govt. of the Union, and the Governments of the States is denied to me, by the debility and indisposition, under which I continue to labour.

For the friendly & flattering terms in which the Committee have conveyed the invitation, they will please to accept my sincere acknowledgments; and for the requested toast, I beg leave to offer the memory of "the Author of the Declaration of Independence, author of the Virga. bill, establishing Religious freedom in Virginia, and Father of her University."

Draft (DLC).

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