1829 Feb. 24
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1829 Feb. 24
Letter, 24 February 1829, from Joseph C. Cabell (1778-1856) in Richmond, Virginia, to James Breckenridge (1763-1833) of Botetourt County, Virginia, concerning a pamphlet written by James Madison (1751-1836) on the tariff entitled LETTERS ON THE CONSTITUTIONALITY AND POLICY OF DUTIES FOR THE PROTECTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURES. Cabell details its printing and his efforts to send it to political leaders in Virginia. He mentions opposition to the tariff and the pamphlet, but states that the people are supportive. He notes that William Cabell Rives (1793-1868) has more evidence of Thomas Jefferson's opinion on tariff than Madison presents in his pamphlet. Cabell comments on President-elect Andrew Jackson's (1767-1845) possible cabinet, and John Randolph's (1773-1833) non-support of Jackson. Cabell laments problems at the University of Virginia, comments that John Hartwell Cocke (1780-1866) is still in Norfolk, Virginia, and that he (Cabell) will not run for reelection to the Virginia Senate. A postscript gives the cost for purchasing Madison's pamphlet
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Joseph Carrington Cabell was born 28 December 1778 at Liberty Hall in Amherst County, Virginia, to Nicholas Cabell (1750-1803) and Hannah Carrington Cabell (1751-1817). He studied at Hampden-Sydney College from 1795 to 1796 and at the College of William and Mary from 1796 to 1798. He studied law with his brother William H. Cabell (1772-1853) in Amherst County, then returned to William and Mary in 1800 to study under St. George Tucker (1752-1827). Cabell travelled in Europe from 1803 to 1806, before returning to Virginia, where he served on the grand jury which indicted Aaron Burr (1756-1836). Cabell was elected from Amherst County to the House of Delegates in 1808 and the following year was elected to represent the newly formed Nelson County, Virginia. He represented Nelson, Albemarle, Amherst, Buckingham, and Fluvanna Counties in the Virginia Senate from 1810 to 1829, when he retired. Cabell returned to the House of Delegates in 1831 and served until 1835. With Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Cabell was the prime mover for the creation of the University of Virginia and served on its first board of visitors. He served as rector of the university from 1834 to 1836 and from 1845 to 1856. Cabell was also heavily involved in the James River and Kanawha Canal. He served as president of the James River and Kanawha Company from 1835 to 1846. Cabell married Mary Walker Carter (d. 1863) 1 January 1807, and they had no children. Cabell died at his Nelson County plantation, Edgewood, 5 February 1856, and was buried in the family cemetery.
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