The Papers of James Madison: 3 May 1783-29 February 1784

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During the first six of the ten months covered by this volume, Madison completed his initial period of service as a delegate from Virginia in the Congress of the Confederation. His correspondence with Thomas Jefferson and Edmund Randolph, as well as his other papers, reveal the mounting difficulties besetting him and his fellow nationalists who sought to preserve a union among the thirteen states. The major problems, which included demobilizing the discontented army, obtaining public revenue, funding the Confederation debt, pressing the British to evacuate their military posts, enforcing the preliminary articles of peace, creating a public domain in the West, locating a provisional or permanent capital of the Confederation, and negotiating commercial treaties with European powers, fostered sectionalism, factionalism, and an emphasis upon state sovereignty. As a prominent member of Congress, Madison sought legislative and constitutional remedies for this menacing divisiveness. To him the maintenence of the new nation embodied "the greatest trust ever confided to a political society," for it was "the last and fairest experiment in favor of the rights of human nature."

Early in December, after an absence of over three years, Madison returned to Montpelier, his father's estate. There during the winter of 1783-1784, he studied law, renewed old friendships, and canvassed the residents of Orange County for support of his candidacy for election to the House of Delegates of the Virginia General Assembly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226363004
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1970
  • Series: Supreme Court Review Ser.
  • Pages: 522
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations Introduction Editorial Note Editorial Method Abbreviations Short Titles for Books Chronology

1783
From Jacquelin Ambler, 3 May Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 3 May Thomas Walke to Virginia Delegates, 3 May Virginia Delegates to Bernardo de Gálvez, 4 May From Edmund Pendleton, 4 May Notes on Debates, 5 May Notes on Debates, 6 May To Theodorick Bland, 6 May Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 6 May To Thomas Jefferson, 6 May To Edmund Randolph, 6 May Notes on Debates, 7 May From Thomas Jefferson, 7 May Notes on Debates, 8 May Motion of Instruction to the President, [9 May]
Notes on Debates, 9 May Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 9 May From Edmund Randolph, 9 May From Jacquelin Ambler, 10 May From Edmund Pendleton, 10 May Notes on Debates, 12-13 May Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 13 May - Missing Letter To Thomas Jefferson, 13 May To Edmund Randolph, 13 May Notes on Debates, 14 May Notes on Debates, 15 May From Edmund Randolph, 15 May Notes on Debates, 16-17 May From Jacquelin Ambler, 17 May Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 17 May From Edmund Pendleton, 17 May Notes on Debates, 19 May Motion of Instructions to Peace Commissioners, [20 May]
Notes on Debates, 20 May Virginia Debates to Benjamin Harrison, [20 May]
To Thomas Jefferson, 20 May To Edmund Randolph, [20] May Notes on Debates, 21-22 May Motion of Instruction to Francis Dana, [22 May]
Notes on Debates, 23 May Instruction to Virginia Delegates in re Treaty of Commerce, 23-24 May From Jacquelin Ambler, 24 May From David Jameson, 24 May From Edmund Randolph, 24 May From Joseph Jones, 25 May Notes on Debates, 26 May From Edmund Pendleton, 26 May Notes on Debates, 27 May Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 27 May To James Madison, Sr., 27 May To Edmund Randolph, 27 May Notes on Debates, 28 May Summary of Accounts with Virginia, [28 May]
Virginia Delegates to Virginia Auditors of Public Accounts, 28 May Statement of Receipts from Treasurer of Virginia, [28 May]
Notes on Debates, 29 May Notes on Debates, 30 May Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 31 May To Joseph Jones, 31 May From Jacquelin Ambler, 1 June From Thomas Jefferson, 1 June Notes on Debates, 2 June From Edmund Pendleton, 2 June Notes on Debates, 3 June To Edmund Randolph, 3 June Notes on Debates, 4 June From the Reverend James Madison, 4 June From Edmund Randolph, 4 June Instruction to Virginia Delegates in re Contracts 4 and 7 June Notes on Debates, 5 June To James Madison, Sr., 5 June Notes on Debates, 6 June From Jacquelin Ambler, 7 June Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 7 June From Joseph Jones, 8 June Notes on Debates, 9 June From Edmund Pendleton, 9 June Notes on Debates, 10 June To Thomas Jefferson, 10 June To Edmund Randolph, 10 June Notes on Debates, 11 June Report on Rights of Neutral Nations, [12 June]
Notes on Debates, 12 June Notes on Debates, 13 June From Jacquelin Ambler, 14 June From Joseph Jones, 14 June From Edmund Randolph, 14 June Notes on Debates, 16 June From Edmund Randolph Pendleton, 16 June Receipt of Robert Scot, 16 June Notes on Debates, 17 June Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 17 June From Thomas Jefferson, 17 June To Edmund Randolph, 17 June Instruction to Virginia Delegates in re Fortifications, 17 June Notes on Debates, 18 June Notes on Debates, 19 June Notes on Debates, 20 June John Beckley to Edmund Randolph, [20 June]
Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 20 June Instruction to Virginia Delegates in re Guards for Public Buildings, [20 June]
Notes on Debates, 21 June From Joseph Jones, 21 June From Edmund Randolph, 21 June From Theodorick Bland, [22 June]
From Edmund Pendleton, 23 June Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 24 June To Edmund Randolph, 24 June Instruction to Virginia Delegates in re Demobilization of Troops, 26-27 June Instruction to Virginia Delegates in re Ship "Cornorant," 26-27 June Instruction to Virginia Delegates in re Cession of Western Lands, 27 June From Joseph Jones, 28 June From Edmund Randolph, 28 June Instructions to Virginia Delegates in re Permanent Site for Congress, 28 June From Alexander Hamilton, 29 June - Note on Letter From Edmund Pendleton, 30 June To Edmund Randolph, 30 June Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 4 July From Jacqueline Ambler, 5 July Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 5 [July]
From Alexander Hamilton, 6 July To Edmund Randolph, 8 July Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 12 July From Edmund Randolph, 12 July From Joseph Jones, 14 July From Edmund Pendleton, 14 July To Edmund Randolph, 15 July From David Jameson, 16 July To John Francis Mercer, 16 July To Thomas Jefferson, 17 July From Edmund Randolph, 18 July From Robert R. Livingston, 19 July From Joseph Jones, 21 July From Edmund Pendleton, 21 July To Edmund Randolph, 21 July Report on Treaty with Sweden, [24 July]
Report on Memorial from Merchants of Hamburg, [26 July]
Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, [26] July Motion in re Armed Vessels of Virginia, [28 July]
Report on Maryland's Payment to Troops, [28 July]
From Joseph Jones, 28 July To Edmund Pendleton, [28 July]
From Edmund Pendleton, 28 July To Edmund Randolph, [28 July]
Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 1 August From Joseph Jones, 4 August From Edmund Pendleton, 4 August To Edmund Randolph, 5 August Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 9 August From Benjamin Hawkins, 9 August To Thomas Jefferson, 11 August From Edmund Pendleton, 11 August To Edmund Randolph, 12 August Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 14-15 August From John Francis Mercer, [14 August]
Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 15 August From Edmund Pendleton, 18 August To Edmund Randolph, 18 August Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 23 August From Edmund Randolph, 23 August To Edmund Randolph, 24 August From Edmund Pendleton, 25 August From the Reverent James Madison, 27 August Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 28 August To James Madison, Sr., 30 August To Edmund Randolph, 30 August From Thomas Jefferson, 31 August From Edmund Pendleton, 1 September Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 8 September To James Madison, Sr., 8 September To Edmund Pendleton, 8 September To Edmund Randolph, 8 September From Elnathan Haskell, 12 September Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 13 September - Missing Letter Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 13 September To Edmund Randolph, 13 September From Edmund Randolph, 13 September (First)
From Edmund Randolph, 13 September (Second)
Note on "The North-American," No. 1 and No. 2, 17 September and 8 October Report on Memorial of Massachusetts General Court, [19 September]
Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 19 September Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 20 September To Thomas Jefferson, 20 September To Edmund Randolph, 20 September Motion in re Jurisdiction of Congress over Permanent Site, [22 September]
Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 26 September Be

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