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3488. GOVERNMENT, Consent of governed.—[further continued] .

There is only one passage
in President Monroe's message which I
disapprove, and which I trust will not be approved
by our Legislature. It is that which
proposes to subject the Indians to our laws
without their consent. A little patience and
a little money are so rapidly producing their
voluntary removal across the Mississippi, that
I hope this immorality will not be permitted
to stain our history. He has certainly been
surprised into this proposition, so little in
concord with our principles of government.—
To Albert Gallatin. Ford ed., x, 115.
(M. Nov. 1818)