From the Virginia Delegates in Congress
[ca. 10 Apr. 1781]
[…]1 [ap]plication […],2 […] with no Difficulty in arbitrating [the?] dispute, as he admitted the Facts stated [as?] agreed between you; and acquiesced in the Gentleman proposed; but contrary to our Expectation we received a Letter from him a Copy of which is inclosed and also our Answer to it. You [will] see by these Letters the Turn this affair has taken; and we must wait your further Instructions. Mr. Nathan urges that he may be indulged in the Choice of Merchants to arbitrate th[e dis]pute; if you approve of his Request you will be pleased to signify […] your pleasure.
Your favour of the 26th. of [March] came to hand yesterday. We shall attend to what you have mention’d therein respecting Col. Davis, and give you as speedy an Answer as possible to the […]3 Packet had arrived at New York from England, bringing Advice of the Sailing of the French Fleet for America. It is very probable the Account is true. We have the Honour to be, with very great Respect Your Exccellency’s most obedient Servants.
James Madison Junr.
RC (Vi); in Meriwether Smith’s hand, signed by Madison; consisting of a fragmentary and mutilated sheet; conjecturally dated on the basis of the reading in Congress on Monday, 9 Apr. 1781, of TJ’s 26 Mch. 1781 letter to the Virginia Delegates and Madison’s habit of writing to TJ from Philadelphia on Tuesdays (JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, D.C., 1904–37, 34 vols. description ends , xix, 367n; Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 22 vols. description ends , iii, 65n). Enclosures not found.
TJ had discussed the financial claims of Simon Nathan on Virginia in his 15 Mch. 1781 letter to the Virginia Delegates (see also Vol. 6: 321–4n). The Delegates dealt with the case of Col. Davis (William Davies) in their 17 Apr. 1781 letter to TJ.
1. Estimated one or two sheets missing.
2. Estimated four or five words torn away.
3. Manuscript torn; indeterminable number of lines missing.