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Introduction.

of the edition of 1799, printed in New York, by John Tiebout. On comparing the list of authors inserted in this Gazette on the 8th of December last, with the designation of authorship in Mr. Madison's hand-writing in his own copy, we find that the former was, in some respects, erroneous. The following, however, taken from the volumes now before us, may be confidently relied on:

"Nos. 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 59, 60, 61, 65, to 85 inclusive, by Mr. Hamilton.

"Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 64, by Mr. Jay.

"Nos. 10, 14, 18, 19, 20, 37 to 58 inclusive, and 62 and 63, by Mr. Madison.

"This designation differs very widely from that of the editor of the New York Evening Post, who denies Mr. Madison the authorship of twelve numbers to which he is entitled, to wit: Nos. 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 62, and 63; and claims for Mr. Hamilton a participation in Nos. 18, 19, and 20. With respect to these last three numbers, we find the following note, at No. 18, in Mr. Madison's copy, and in his own hand-writing:

"'The subject of this and the two following numbers happened to be taken up by both Mr. H. and Mr. M. What had been prepared by Mr. H. who had entered more briefly into the subject, was left with Mr. M. on its appearing that the latter was engaged in it, with larger materials, and with a view to a more precise delineation; and from the pen of the latter the several papers went to the press.'

"The question may be now considered as settled, and we are willing to let it rest here. But if Mr. Coleman continues to persist in asserting the correctness of his erroneous list, we will proceed to show, from the topics and style of the contested numbers, that Mr. Madison has a fair claim to them.