The Lives of James Madison and James Monroe: Fourth and Fifth Presidents of the United States

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MADISON'S ADMINISTRATION.

LONG previous to the expiration of Mr. Jefferson's second presidential term, the general sentiment of the Republican party, particularly in the southern and western states, appeared to be in favor of Mr. Madison as his successor. It seemed peculiarly appropriate that he should be selected for that high office, in order that the delicate negotiations with England and France which he had so long conducted,--as was conceded on all hands, with masterly ability,--might be brought to a satisfactory termination under his immediate auspices. The New York Republicans, and especially the Clinton family and their friends, had for some time looked forward with confidence, to the nomination of their distinguished leader and head, George Clinton, then filling the second office in the Nation; and it is more than probable that their expectations would have been realized, had he been a younger and more active man, or had the foreign relations of the government been in a less complicated state. But at the caucus of the Republican members of Congress held just before the close of the session, in the winter

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