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James Madison – State of the Union – December 3, 1816

James Madison – State of the Union – December 3, 1816

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: In reviewing the present state of our country, our attention cannot be withheld from the effect produced by peculiar seasons which have very generally impaired the annual gifts of the earth and threatened scarcity in particular districts. Such, however, is the variety of soils, of climates, and of...

James Madison – State of the Union – December 5, 1815

James Madison – State of the Union – December 5, 1815

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: I have the satisfaction on our present meeting of being able to communicate the successful termination of the war which had been commenced against the United States by the Regency of Algiers. The squadron in advance on that service, under Commodore Decatur, lost not a moment after its arrival in the...

James Madison – State of the Union – September 20, 1814

James Madison – State of the Union – September 20, 1814

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: Notwithstanding the early day which had been fixed for your session of the present year, I was induced to call you together still sooner, as well that any inadequacy in the existing provisions for the wants of the Treasury might be supplied as that no delay might happen in providing for the result of...

James Madison – State of the Union – December 7, 1813

James Madison – State of the Union – December 7, 1813

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: In meeting you at the present interesting conjuncture it would have been highly satisfactory if I could have communicated a favorable result to the mission charged with negotiations for restoring peace. It was a just expectation, from the respect due to the distinguished Sovereign who had invited them...

James Madison – State of the Union – November 4, 1812

James Madison – State of the Union – November 4, 1812

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: On our present meeting it is my first duty to invite your attention to the providential favors which our country has experienced in the unusual degree of health dispensed to its inhabitants, and in the rich abundance with which the earth has rewarded the labors bestowed on it. In the successful...