The Congressional Papers of James Madison: Review of The Papers of James Madison. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia. Volume 12: 2 March I789-20 January I790 with a Supplement 24 October I775-24 January I789 (1979), edited by Charles F. Hobson, Robert A. Rutland, William M. E. Rachal, and Jeanne K.; volume 13: 20 January 1790-3I March 1791(1981), edited by Charles F. Hobson, Robert A. Rutland, William M. E. Rachal, and Jeanne K. Sisson; volume 14: 6 April 1791-16 March 1793 (1983), edited by Robert A. Rutland, Thomas A. Mason, Robert J. Brugger, Jeanne K. Sisson, and Fredrika J. Teute; volume 15: 24 March 1793-20 April I795 (1985), edited by Thomas A. Mason, Robert A. Rutland, and Jeanne K. Sisson; volume 16: 27 April 1795-27 March 1797 (1989), edited by J. C. A. Stagg, Thomas A. Mason, Jeanne K. Sisson, and Susan H. Perdue; volume 17: 31 March 1797-3 March 1801 with a Supplement 22 January 1778-9 August 1795 (1991), edited by David B. Mattern, J. C. A. Stagg, Jeanne K. Cross, and Susan Holbrook Perdue.
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Documentary Editing, Volume 14, Number 2, June 1992
ISSN 2476-1796 (electronic); ISSN 2167-1451 (print)
Few would imagine James Madison as the dreamy, tongue-tied romantic type, yet this description of the Father of the Constitution during his courtship of Dolley Payne Todd is but one of many wonderfully revealing documents that appear in the Congressional series of The Papers of James Madison. The completion of Series I of this edition provides an opportunity to review how well the six volumes document Madison and the history of the early republic under the Constitution.