To James Madison, with Madison’s Reply
Th:J. to J.M.
Will you see if the inclosed is right, and make any alterations in it you think for the better? particularly is the expression lately recieved true? or should the word lately be left out?
Feb. 26. 1802.
[Reply by Madison:]
The word lately is true as it refers to the returns of Maryland & Kentucky—that from the former being an original statement—that from the latter a corrective one. The message seems to unexceptionably proper.
RC (DLC); addressed by TJ: “Mr. Madison”; with reply in Madison’s hand written below the date; readdressed by Madison: “The President”; endorsed by TJ: “Departmt of State Message with corrected returns of causes in the courts of the US.” Not recorded in SJL. Enclosure: TJ to the Senate and the House of Representatives, 26 Feb.