Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Madison, 11 December 1798

From James Madison

Decr. 11. 1798

Dear Sir

According to your favor by Mr. Richardson, I expect the pleasure of seeing you in the course of the present week. Be so good as to bring a memorandum from your nailery of the amount of my debt to it. I had hoped that you were possessed of the aid of Mr. Chuning & his young men, but the Bearer Mr. W. Whitten tells me the contrary. Mr. C. left this saturday was two weeks, & promised to ride up to Monticello the day following. It has been impossible to spare L. Whitten. He has been under the spur to keep the way prepared for the Plasterers, and to finish off a number of indispensable jobbs always overlooked till the execution is called for.—The Fredg paper of the 7th. inst: contains the official confirmation from Nelson of the destruction of the French fleet as first brought from Cadiz. Adieu Affecly.

Js. Madison Jr

Please to forward the inclosed safely.

[Note by TJ:]

[…] he inclosed me a draught on Moylan with orders to apply £48— 11–3. balance for nails.

see Memm. book. 1799. Jan. 9. J. Barnes credits me 161.875 = £48–11–3 for mr Madison.

RC (ViU); with TJ’s note on verso made in two undated sittings, divided by horizontal rule; initial line of note missing due to frayed margin at top of page; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Dec. 1798 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

Your favor: TJ to Madison, 17 Nov. 1798. pleasure of seeing you: TJ set out for Philadelphia on 18 Dec. and stayed at Montpelier during the first night of his trip (MB, description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends 2:995; 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, 27 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 5 vols. description ends , 17:xxvii). Admiral Horatio Nelson’s destruction of the French fleet occurred in the Battle of the Nile on 1 Aug. Nelson captured or destroyed 11 of the 13 French ships anchored at Aboukir Bay, thus isolating and cutting off supplies for Bonaparte’s forces in Egypt (Scott and Rothaus, Historical Dictionary description begins Samuel F. Scott and Barry Rothaus, eds., Historical Dictionary of the French Revolution, 1789–1799, Westport, Conn., 1985, 2 vols. description ends , 1:80–1; T. C. W. Blanning, The French Revolutionary Wars, 1787–1802 [London, 1996], 189–200). For Madison’s draught on moylan, see Madison to TJ, 29 Dec. 1798.

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