From James Monroe
Richmond Jany 24. 1803
I arrived on saturday so much fatigued that I found it was impossible to proceed by the route of Albemarle & Loudon back to Washington. A slight injury wh. I recd. in descending from the stage made the exn. of that project the more inexpedient. I therefore sent up for Major Jas. Lewis in whose hands I propose to leave my affrs. to come down; I expect him to morrow, and hope to adjust them so as to leave this on friday on my way back, to be with you on sunday. I have written to Mr. Jones1 to meet me there, since it is important to see him before I sail. I do not know when a letter wh. goes in the mail to Loudon by to morrows post will reach him. You are perhaps better acquainted on that head; if you think it doubtful it may expedite my departure from Washington if he cod. be apprized of the impossibility of my visiting him, of the time I shall be at Washington & requested to meet me there. I will most willingly pay the expence of an express if you will be so kind as send one to him, with a line to the above effect. A resolution will be presented to the legislature to morrow expressing a sentiment correspondent with that of Maryld. in reference to the missisippi wh. it is thought will pass unanimously.2 I hope the plan of allowing no secry. to the mission will be adhered to, or if departed from that the admn. will make the appointment, since you can not conceive the number of applications made to me on the subject, from very high & respectable characters: persons whose pretentions are so strong on the score of merit & personal intimacy, that it wod. be impossible for me to decide between them. I shall certainly be up on sunday next. I am dear Sir sincerely your fnd.