From Edmund Randolph
Richmond May 3. 1802.
The inclosed papers have been in my hands for several weeks; having been sent, as you will perceive, to me by Mr. Brooke, for the purpose of being submitted to the chancellor.1 Mr. Wm. Madison having spoken to me several times at Fredericksburg on this subject, and made appointments for coming hither to bring it to a conclusion, And failing in all, I was too much at a loss, to be justified in offering those documents to the judge, until I should hear from you. Knowing, that being absent from home, and immersed in the pressing business of office, you could not attend to the case at Washington, I have reserved it for your return to Orange; which, Mr Macon tells me, is expected to be immediate. I wish you to instruct me; as the mode, in which Mr. Wm. Madison has proceeded, embarrasses me not a little. I am dear sir yr. affte friend