James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Dawson, 22 June 1797

From John Dawson

Philadelphia June 22. 1797.

Dear Sir!

I have recievd your favour,1 & deliverd Mrs. Madisons.2

The accompanying papers will shew you the state of Europe, & you can easily judge of the effect they have had here. We have voted out the propositions for a salt tax, & for an additional regiment of artillerists—& the Senate, to day, that for a provisional army—they have also confirmd the nomination of Gerry in the place of Dana, who declind serving, 20 to 63—among the last the senators from Massa. & other highflyers.

I thing [sic] we shall adjourn in 10 days, & am well assurd they wish us gone—if the mischief is not done all may be well.

Not one word of Colo Monroe—is this not wonderful, & unfortunate to himself & to us? Yrs, with much esteem

J Dawson

Will you remember me to my friends, to whom I cannot write as often as I wish?



1Letter not found.

2Dawson probably delivered Dolley Madison’s reply (not found) to a letter of 7 June 1797 from Sarah McKean of Philadelphia (American Art Association Catalogue, “President Madison’s Correspondence from … the Notable Collection of … Frederick B. McGuire,” 26 Feb. 1917, item 88).

3Elbridge Gerry’s appointment as one of three envoys extraordinary to France was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 21 to 6 (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 1:245).

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