Banks of the Delaware 7 of Septr. 1804
The conduct of Mr. Pickney at Madrid, the particulars of which must be by this time perfectly known to you, requires between the Government of the United States & myself certain explanations, & elucidations, highly necessary to the preservation of the peace & harmony so important to our common Nations. With this view it is my intention to leave Philadelphia for Monticello about thursday next. I am well aware that the Secretary of State is the proper chanel for communications of this Kind; but after a mature consideration I think that an interview with you could perhaps prove more effectual towards the attainement of the said important objects. No body more than myself renders to Mr. Madison’s head & heart the justice is due to him; but he has in my opinion an extreme susceptibility; unluckily for myself nature has given me a pretty good share of it also. this qualification useful sometimes of apprehend may not prove advantageous in the present occasion; & under this impression I take the liberty to request you for a direct & personal interview with you. If you have not objection to this idea, you will be so good as to direct your answer for me to Mr. Wagner in the Secretary of State’s office as I’ll call for it in my way through Washington; but at all events I expect you will have the goodness to communicate to me your intentions thro that medium.
As I have in contemplation to prevail of this excursion to take a peep at the natural bridge, & the season is favorable for travelling Mme. d’Yrujo will be of the party.
Whatever have been the causes, or may be the results of our political differences you may be persuaded of my personal regard & affection for you. I am sure you doubt not of these sentiments of mine with which I repeat myself,
Dear Sir your most obt. Servt.
El Marquis de Casa Yrujo
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.