James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Edward Preble, 26 December 1803

To Edward Preble

Department of State December 26—1803


I have had the honor to receive your letters of the 23d. Septr. and 15 October last.1 The President’s sentiments concerning the event communicated in the latter, and respecting yourself as having had a principal Agency in bring⟨ing it about⟩ have been expressed in his message to Congress ⟨of the 5th. inst.⟩2 which will doubtless have been forwarded ⟨to you from the⟩ Department of the Navy: and I have ⟨the⟩ pleasure to add that the terms of the peace and the honorable manner in which it was restored have equally impressed the public mind in your favor.

The letter from the Emperor to the President came to hand3 and by this conveyance an answer is transmitted to the care of Mr Simpson.4 This will not be the sole expression of our sense of the reconciliation, as the gun carriages, formerly written for by Mr Simpson, will probably arrive and be presented about the same time. They left the Chesapeake towards the close of last month in the Schooner Citizen bound to Gibraltar, but ordered to touch at L’Orient to land the ratification of the Treaty with France respecting Louisiana. ⟨I am &c.

James Madison

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