James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Alexander J. Dallas, 21 December 1805

From Alexander J. Dallas

Phila. 21 Dec. 1805.

Dr. Sir.

In an accidental conversation, with the Marchioness Yrujo, yesterday, I found that the Marquis was determined, without his family, to visit Washington after Christmas. I observed to her, that I wished he would not go, while the discussion on the Spanish papers continued. She answered, that it was her wish too; but that the Marquis declared, he thought it was his duty, at least, to appear at the seat of Government.

On this information, you will take any steps you think proper.1 Or, if you wish me to speak to the Marquis more explicitly, I will do it. With sincere esteem, I am, Dr. Sir, Yr. mo. obed Sert

A. J. Dallas

RC (PHi: Gratz Collection).

1Yrujo arrived in Washington in January 1806, prompting JM to write on 15 Jan. 1806, informing him that his continued presence there was “dissatisfactory” to the president who, while not insisting on Yrujo’s departure from the United States “during an inclement season,” expected that it would “not be unnecessarily postponed, after this obstacle” had ceased. On 16 Jan. 1806 Yrujo replied that he intended to remain in the city and that he received orders only from his king (Annals of Congress, 9th Cong., 1st sess., 1221–24).

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