James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 31 March 1809

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello Mar. 31. 09.

Dear Sir

Since my letter of yesterday I have recieved yours of the 27th. & 28th. and in the former the 500. D. for mrs. Trist. The bronze time piece mentioned will run a fortnight, but I found it better to wind it up once a week, as during the 2d. week the greater expansion of the spring occasioned her to lose time. With respect to newspapers, none can now come to Washington for me. Of those which, while there, I ordered & paid for, I directed a discontinuance except 3. or 4. which will come on to me here. Many others were sent gratis (which I rarely opened) to me as President of the US. They probably will be continued to you on the same principle.

I inclose a letter from the Speaker of Indiana on the election of two persons for the legislative council.1 Such an one was forwarded to me in Oct. by mr. Thomas then Speaker, as he told me; but I never recieved it. He therefore wrote back for another copy which is but now recieved. You will find among the papers I left you, a letter from Govr. Harrison advising as to the choice to be made.2 Erving seems to have erred in principle, by not taking his stand with the government of Spain de facto. It is the more unlucky as Joseph Bonaparte has been said to be well disposed towards us. Affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson


1Jesse B. Thomas wrote Jefferson on 12 Oct. 1808, enclosing a resolution of the Indiana territorial legislature nominating two persons for the one vacancy on the legislative council (Logan Esarey, ed., Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison, 2 vols., Indiana Historical Collections, vols. 7, 9 [Indianapolis, 1922], 1:312–15).

2JM chose to nominate Hugh McCally (or McCalley) for the vacancy on 27 May 1809 (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:122).

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