From Thomas McKean
Philadelphia May 6th. 1801.
My dear Sir,
Permit me to congratulate you & my country on the renovated State of the affairs of the United States of America. Our enemies are humbled but not yet subdued; their great⟨est⟩ power exists in the offices they yet hold; strip them of the influence they possess from this source and they will be effectually subdued. Every possible measure to prevent this has been put in use; flattery, threats, invectives &c. &c. are artfully & insid⟨ue⟩usly practised, but I trust in vain: With respect to myself they have proved in vain. Most of those whom I found in office were unworthy; as far as my knowledge extends the case is more so in the late government of the United States.
I feel happy in your present appointment, may you feel as much so: this is my fervent wish.
You will receive this letter from the hands of Mr; Myer, late Consul of the United States to Hispaniola or St. Domingo, but for certain purposes removed by the late President: he intends to present to you as Secretary of the Department of State a memorial,1 respecting certain transactions between the U. S. and St. Domingo, which may be probably ⟨use⟩ful. Altho I am not personally acquainted with the Gentleman, yet he has been so warmly recommended to me by my friends that I am induced to think most favorably of him, and under this impression introduce him to your attention.
Please to pay Mrs; Mc;Kean’s, Madame Yrujo’s, Miss Sophia’s & my own devoirs to Mrs; Madison, and accept the best wishes for your happiness from, dear Sir, Your most obedient servant
RC (OClWHi). Angle brackets enclose parts of words missing owing to small holes in the RC. Extract printed in PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 1:144.