James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Smith, 8 September 1809

From Robert Smith

Sep. 8. 1809.


The enclosed is the only Original despatch which has been received by Mr Jackson.1 Not having time to have a Copy of it I send the Original. It indicates, as far as mere Conversation with Mr Canning can indicate, something like a change of temper on the part of the British Govt.

To judge from the extent of his establishment it would seem that Mr Jackson was disposed to remain a long time among us. With real Esteem &C

R Smith


1The new British minister to the U.S., Francis James Jackson, carried a dispatch from William Pinkney to Smith, 23 June 1809 (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Foreign Relations, 3:303; see also JM to Jefferson, 11 Sept. 1809).

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