To James Madison
Washington Mar. 26. 1801.
Th: J. to J.M.
I am still here. three refusals of the Naval Secretaryship have been recieved,1 and I am afraid of recieving a 4th. this evening from mr Jones of Phila. in that case Genl. Smith has agreed to take it pro tempore, so as to give me time; and I hope the moment it is in either his or Jones’s hands, to get away; but this may be yet three four or five days. Lincoln is doing the duties of your office. he & Dearborn will remain here. health, respect & affectionate attachment.
RC (DLC: Madison Papers, Rives Collection); at foot of text: “James Madison”; endorsed by Madison. PrC (DLC); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
1. MS: “reieved.”