James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Tench Coxe, 17 October 1801

From Tench Coxe

Philada. Octo. 17. 1801.


From a desire to cultivate the public interests and honor of the United States I prepared, soon after Mr Randolph’s resignation, the enclosed paper.1 It was candidly placed in the hands of Mr R’s successor. It will be perceived that it was studiously qualified so as to meet the prepossessions, some signal expressions of which Mr P. had suffered to escape him. It might be made a much stronger discussion. Tho it did no good then, the time may come when it may contribute to strengthen the hands of a negociator with Great Britain upon points touching our honor and interests. It is now of no use in my hands. I wish it may not go into your office, as it may injure me as I know it did in 1795. 6 & 7. You will excuse the ragged condition in which it is sent, as I have no one to copy it at present. I am, sir, yr. respecty. h. Servt.

Tench Coxe

The supporting papers in regard to the negroes were sent you in print since your appointment. They are under the signature of Juricola, and were addressed in 1795 to the President.2

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