8613 Selected Works of James Madison

Selected Works of
James Madison

James Madison

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Books and Collections

  • HTML Version Text Version Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 — Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia, an essential guide to interpreting the intent of the Framers, but not published until 1840, following his death.
  • HTML Version Text Version The Federalist Papers, with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay — Published in several New York newspapers in 1787-88. Arguments for ratification of the proposed Constitution.
  • HTML Version Virginia Report — 1800. Set forth much of the "doctrine of '98".
  • HTML Version Selected Quotes — Taken from his writings.
  • A James Madison, Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention, 1840, W. W. Norton (1987). The definitive record of the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
  • A James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, The Federalist, Bantam Classics (1982). Explanation of the proposed Constitution and arguments for adopting it.
  • A Ed. by John Kaminsky et al., Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, Wisconsin Historical Society Press (2008). Complete collection now up to Vol. 22, but earlier volumes out of print. Some parts of some volumes may have printing defects, such as loss of punctuation.
  • A Jonathan Elliot, ed., The debates in the several state conventions on the adoption of the federal Constitution, as recommended by the general convention at Philadelphia, in 1787, orig. pub. 1840, Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library (2006). Contains speeches of Madison in Virginia Ratifying Convention.
  • A James Madison, ed. by Gaillard Hunt, The Writings of James Madison: Comprising His Public Papers and His Private Correspondence Including Numerous Letters and Documents Now for the First Time Printed, Library Reprints (2000). Previous nearly complete collection.
  • A James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, ed. by James Morton Smith, The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, W. W. Norton (1995). Complete collection.
  • A James Madison, ed. by William T. Hutchinson, William M. E. Rachal, The Papers of James Madison, U. Chicago Press (1967). Beginning of complete collection later taken up by U. Virginia A A.
  • A James Madison, ed. by Jack Rakove, James Madison: Writings: Writings 1772-1836, Library of America (1999). Collection selected by similar criteria to ours, relevance to constitutional interpretation.
  • A James Madison, Letters and other writings of James Madison: Fourth president of the United States, J.B. Lippincott (1865). Good collection for its time, some spelling issues.
  • A James Madison, ed. by Saul Padover, The Complete Madison: Basic Writings, Easton (1953). Good collection for its time, but some selections are only excerpts.
  • A James Madison, ed. by Ralph Ketcham, Selected Writings of James Madison, Hackett Publishing (2006). Collection selected more with political and biographical focus.
  • A House of Representatives, The Journal of the House of Representatives. James Madison Administration 1809-1817. Volume 5 Twelfth Congress, First Session (V. 2) April-July, 1812 (The Congressional Journals of the United States. Part I of the National State Papers of the United States Series, 1789-1817), Michael Glazier (1777). Official records.
  • A Senate, The Journal of the Senate including The Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate. James Madison Administration 1809-1817. Volume 4. Twelfth Congress, First Session November, 1811 - July, 1812 (The Congressional Journals of the United States. Part I of the National State Papers of the United States Series, 1789-1817), Michael Glazier (1777). Official records.

The revolution and the confederation, 1772-1787

  •   To William Bradford, November 9, 1772
  •   To William Bradford, January 24, 1774
  •   To William Bradford, April 1, 1774
  •   Amendments to the Virginia Declaration of Rights, May 29-June 11, 1776
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, March 27, 1780
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, April 16, 1781
  •   Observations on State Territorial Claims, May 1, 1782
  •   Memorandum on Conversation Regarding the Continental Army, February 20, 1783
  •   Speech in the Continental Congress on Revenue, February 21, 1783
  •   To Edmund Randolph, May 1783
  •   To Lafayette, March 20, 1785
  •   Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, c. June 20, 1785
  •   To James Monroe, August 7, 1785
  •   To Caleb Wallace, August 23, 1785
  •   To George Washington, December 9, 1785
  •   To James Monroe, March 19, 1786
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, August 12, 1786
  •   To James Monroe, September 11, 1786
  •   To George Washington, December 7, 1786
  •   To Edmund Pendleton, February 24, 1787
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, March 19, 1787
  •   Vices of the Political System of the United States, April 1787
  •   To George Washington, April 16, 1787

Framing and ratifying the constitution, 1787-1789

  •   The Virginia Plan, May 29, 1787
  •   Speeches in the Federal Convention on Factions and on the Revisionary Power, June 6, 1787
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, June 6, 1787
  •   Remarks in the Federal Convention on the Senate, June 7, 1787
  •   Remarks in the Federal Convention on the Power to Negative State Laws, June 8, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on the New Jersey Plan, June 19, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on the General and State Governments, June 21, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on the Senate, June 26, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on Relations Among the States, June 28, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on the Danger of Dissolution, June 29, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on Divisions Between the States, June 30, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on the Proposed Compromise on State Representation, July 5, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on Apportioning Representation, July 11, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention Opposing Equal Representation in the Senate, July 14, 1787
  •   Remarks in the Federal Convention on Electing the Executive, July 17, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on Electing the Executive, July 19, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on Impeachment, July 20, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on Ratification, July 23, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on Electing the Executive, July 25, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on Suffrage, August 7, 1787
  •   Speech in the Federal Convention on Control of Congressional Elections, August 9, 1787
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1787
  •   To George Washington, September 30, 1787
  •   To George Washington, October 18, 1787
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, October 24, 1787
  •   To George Washington, November 18, 1787
  •   The Federalist No. 10, November 22, 1787
  •   The Federalist No. 14, November 30, 1787
  •   The Federalist No. 18, December 7, 1787
  •   The Federalist No. 19, December 8, 1787
  •   The Federalist No. 20, December 11, 1787
  •   To Edmund Randolph, January 10, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 37, January 11, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 38, January 12, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 39, January 16, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 40, January 18, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 41, January 19, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 42, January 22, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 43, January 23, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 44, January 25, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 45, January 26, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 47, January 30, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 48, February 1, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 49, February 2, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 50, February 5, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 51, February 6, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 52, February 8, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 53, February 9, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 54, February 12, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 55, February 13, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 56, February 16, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 57, February 19, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 58, February 20, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 62, February 27, 1788
  •   The Federalist No. 63, March 1, 1788
  •   To Eliza House Trist, March 25, 1788 .
  •   Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention in Defense of the Constitution, June 6, 1788
  •   Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention on Direct Taxation, June 11, 1788
  •   Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention on Taxation, a Bill of Rights, and the Mississippi, June 12, 1788
  •   Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention on the Militia, June 14, 1788
  •   Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention on Control of the Military, June 16, 1788
  •   Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention on the Slave Trade Clause, June 17, 1788
  •   Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention on the Judicial Power, June 20, 1788
  •   Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention on Ratification and Amendments, June 24, 1788
  •   To Alexander Hamilton, June 27, 1788
  •   To Alexander Hamilton, July 20, 1788
  •   Observations on the "Draught of a Constitution for Virginia," c. October 15, 1788
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, October 17, 1788
  • HTML Version Text Version To Thomas Jefferson, The Question of a Bill of Rights, October 17, 1788.
  •   To Edmund Randolph, November 2, 1788
  •   To Edmund Randolph, November 23, 1788
  •   To George Eve, January 2, 1789
  •   To Edmund Randolph, March 1, 1789

Congress and the republican opposition, 1789-1801

  •   Speech in Congress on Presidential Titles, May 11, 1789
  •   Speech in Congress on the Removal Power, June 8, 1789
  •   Speech in Congress on Presidential Removal Power, June 16, 17, 1789
  •   To Edmund Pendleton, June 21, 1789
  •   Remarks in Congress on Proposed Constitutional Amendments, August 15, 1789
  •   Remarks in Congress on the "Most Valuable Amendment," August 17, 1789
  •   To Richard Peters, August 19, 1789 Memorandum on Colonizing Freed Slaves, c. October 20, 1789
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, February 4, 1790
  •   To Benjamin Rush, March 20, 1790
  •   Remarks in Congress During Debate on Militia Bill, December 16, 1790
  •   Speech in Congress on Religious Exemptions from Militia Duty, December 22, 1790
  •   Speech in Congress Opposing the National Bank, February 2, 1791
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, May 12, 1791
  •   Population and Emigration, National Gazette, November 21, 1791
  •   Consolidation, National Gazette, December 5, 1791
  •   Dependent Territories, National Gazette, December 12, 1791
  •   Public Opinion, National Gazette, December 19, 1791
  •   Government, National Gazette, January 2, 1792
  • Charters, National Gazette, January 19, 1792
  •   Parties, National Gazette, January 23, 1792
  •   Universal Peace, National Gazette, February 2, 1792
  •   Government of the United States, National Gazette, February 6, 1792
  •   Spirit of Governments, National Gazette, February 20, 1792
  •   Republican Distribution of Citizens, National Gazette, March 5, 1792
  •   Fashion, National Gazette, March 22, 1792
  •   Property, National Gazette, March 29, 1792
  •   The Union. Who Are Its Real Friends?, National Gazette, April 2, 1792
  •   Memorandum on Washington's Retirement, May 1792
  •   To George Washington, June 20, 1792
  •   A Candid State of Parties, National Gazette, September 26, 1792
  •   Who Are the Best Keepers of the People's Liberties?, National Gazette, December 22, 1792
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, June 13, 1793
  •   "Helvidius" No 1, August 24, 1793
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, September 2, 1793
  •   To Dolley Payne Todd, August 18, 1794
  •   Speech in Congress on "Self Created Societies," November 27, 1794
  •   To James Monroe, December 20, 1795
  •   Speech in Congress on the Jay Treaty, March 10, 1796
  •   Speech in Congress on the Jay Treaty, April 6, 1796
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, December 19, 1796
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, January 15, 1797
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, c. February 18, 1798
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, April 2, 1798
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, May 13, 1798
  •   Virginia Resolutions Against the Alien and Sedition Acts, December 21, 1798
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, December 29, 1798
  •   Foreign Influence, Aurora General Advertiser, January 23, 1799
  •   Political Reflections, Aurora General Advertiser, February 23, 1799
  •   Report on the Alien and Sedition Acts, January 7, 1800
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, January 10, 1801

Secretary of state and president, 1801-1817

  •   To Robert R Livingston and James Monroe, July 29, 1803
  •   To James Monroe, July 6, 1807
  •   First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1809
  •   Veto Message to Congress, February 21, 1811
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, May 25, 1812
  •   War Message to Congress, June 1, 1812
  •   Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1813
  •   To John Nicholas, April 2, 1813
  •   To John Armstrong, August 13, 1814
  •   Memorandum on the Battle of Bladensburg, c. August 24, 1814
  •   Memorandum on Armstrong's Resignation, August 29, 1814
  •   To Wilson Gary Nicholas, November 26, 1814
  •   Message to Congress on Peace Treaty, February 18, 1815
  •   Seventh Annual Message to Congress, December 5, 1815
  •   Veto Message to Congress, March 3, 1817
  •   Detached Memoranda, c. 1817

Retirement, 1817-1836

  •   To Robert Walsh, March 2, 1819
  •   To Robert J Evans, June 15, 1819
  •   To Spencer Roane, September 2, 1819
  •   To Robert Walsh, November 27, 1819
  •   Doctor Franklin, 1819?
  •   General Washington, 1819?
  •   Bank, 1819?
  • Monopolies Perpetuities Corporations. Ecclesiastical Endowments, 1819?
  •   Popular elections, 1819?
  •   The "Federalist", 1819?
  •   To James Monroe, February 10, 1820
  •   To Spencer Roane, May 6, 1821
  •   To Spencer Roane, June 29, 1821
  •   Jonathan Bull and Mary Bull, c. 1821
  •   To Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
  •   To William T Barry, August 4, 1822
  •   To Edward Everett, March 19, 1823
  •   To George Hay, August 23, 1823 — Proposed electing presidential electors by district.
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, June 27, 1823
  •   To Henry Lee, June 25, 1824
  •   To Peter S DuPonceau, August 1824
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, February 8, 1825
  •   To Thomas Jefferson, February 24, 1826
  •   To Nicholas P Trist, July 6, 1826
  •   To Henry Colman, August 25, 1826
  •   To Robert Taylor, January 30, 1826 — Comment on proposed amendment for electing president directly.
  •   To Joseph Cabell, September 18, 1828
  •   To Joseph Cabell, February 13, 1829
  •   Speech in the Virginia Constitutional Convention, December 2, 1829
  •   A Sketch Never Finished Nor Applied, 1830
  •   To Edward Everett, August 28, 1830
  •   To James Robertson, March 27, 1831
  •   To Jared Sparks, April 8, 1831
  •   To Jared Sparks, June 1, 1831
  •   To Mathew Carey, July 27, 1831
  •   To Nicholas P Trist, December 1831
  •   To Nicholas P Trist, May 1832
  •   To Andrew Stevenson, November 20, 1832
  •   To Nicholas P Trist, December 23, 1832
  •   To William Cabell Rives, March 12, 1833
  •   Advice to My Country, 1834
  •   Notes on Nullification, December 1834, ed. Gaillard Hunt
  •   To George Tucker, June 27, 1836

Commentaries by others

  • HTML Version Text Version From Interposition to Nullification: Peripheries and Center in the Thought of James Madison, K.R. Constantine Gutzman, from Essays in History, Vol. 36, 1994, Univ. of Virginia Dept. of History.
  • HTML Version Text Version Some of the First Official Meanings Assigned to the Establishment Clause, Jim Allison

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