To Bishop James Madison
Washington May 9. 1801.
I have never had time to acknolege the reciept of your favor of Dec. 24. yet it came very opportunely, and probably saved me from doing what I might have been led to. the subject of your letter, appeared here soon after, and conducted himself on a plan as incomprehensible, as it was unworthy.—yours of Apr. 19. is recieved. your friend Doctr. Barraud has nothing to fear (barring just complaints which I have neither heard nor have reason to suppose to exist). no man will be removed by me but for ill conduct; for such conduct as ought to have induced the preceding administration to remove him.
There is a capital work in Comparative anatomy lately come out in France, written by Cuvier. it is in 2. v. 8vo. and nothing like it as to extent of plan or accuracy of performance has ever yet appeared in the world.—Mr. Madison, Secy. of state is here; and better than when he left home. accept assurances of my constant esteem & respect.
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Bishop Madison”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
Subject of your letter: William G. Munford (Vol. 32:349–50).
The correspondence of 19 Apr., recorded in SJL as received from Williamsburg on 6 May, has not been found. Bishop Madison also wrote to the secretary of state in April recommending that Philip Barraud be retained as physician for the marine hospital at Norfolk. Barraud, with a letter of introduction from St. George Tucker, had called at Monticello in August 1797 (Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser. description begins J. C. A. Stagg, ed., The Papers of James Madison, Secretary of State Series, Charlottesville, 1986–, 8 vols. description ends , 1:88–9; Vol. 29:488–9).