From James Madison
Philada. Jany. 29. 1797.
Yours covering an unsealed letter to Mr. Tazewell came duly to hand, and will be turned to the use you wish. As you take the Philada. Gazette in which the Belligerent answer to Adêts note has been printed in toto, I refer to that for the posture and prospect of things with France. The British party since this overt patronage of their cause, no longer wear the mask. A war with France and an alliance with G.B. enter both into print and conversation; and no doubt can be entertained that a push will be made to screw up the P. to that point before he quits the office. The strides latterly made with so much inconsistency as well as weakness in that direction, prepare us for receiving every further step without surprise. No further1 discovery has been made of the mind of the P. elect. I can not prevail on myself to augur much that is consoling from him. Nothing from abroad; nor more at home than you will gather from the Newspapers. Adieu Yrs Affy.
RC (DLC: Madison Papers); unsigned; endorsed by TJ as received 10 Feb. 1797 and so recorded in SJL.
On 23 Jan. 1797, the Philadelphia Gazette printed Washington’s address to Congress of 19 Jan. and the long enclosure from Timothy Pickering to Charles C. Pinckney, an answer to Pierre Auguste Adet’s note of 15 Nov. 1796; see note to Madison to TJ, 22 Jan. 1797.
1. Preceding word interlined by Madison.