James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Vanderhorst, 28 July 1803

From Elias Vanderhorst, 28 July 1803

July 28th. 1803.


The Preceeding is a Copy of my last of 10th. Instt. since when I have not been honored with any of your favrs. The object of the present is chiefly to enclose you a few of ⟨the⟩ latest News-Papers & a London Price Current, which will give some idea of what is now passing on this side of the Atlantic, ⟨though⟩ I cannot but observe that the picture they draw is not the most exact resemblance of truth, yet they serve in some degree to shew the State & course of Public affairs. One would suppose from them that the War is popular but I must confess to you that my judgment fails me greatly if this is really the case. Unhappily for Mankind War is become too much a Trade with us & Perhaps with some other Nations also, owing to the Rich Harvest it yields to those in Power, ⟨an⟩d the opportunity it affords them of Providing not only for themselves ⟨bu⟩t for their supporters & dependants, & hence the numerous & Zealous advo⟨c⟩ates for it. I shall not however be surprised if a National Bankruptcy (if not something worse) should be the result of such a Traffick: especially ⟨when⟩ bolstered up by that delicate Shadow of wealth—Paper.

The Season here continues uncommonly fine and there is at present the most flattering prospect of an abundant Harvest and which indeed will soon be realised, should the weather for gathering it prove equally favorable. I remain with great respect, Sir, Your most Obt. & most Hble. Servt.

Elias Vander Horst

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