James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Short, 19 June 1810

From William Short

Liverpool June 19—10

Dear Sir

I have already acknowleged & thanked you for your favor of  1 recieved in France. I came to this country with the intention of embarking in the April packet from Falmouth. I was dissuaded from this, & have since been disappointed in the vessel I expected from hence whither I came to embark. I am now waiting for the return of a Ship which is recommended to me as a peculiarly good one. In the mean time Mr Erving intending to sail in a small despatch vessel which goes in a day or two & purposing to wait on you immediately on his arrival, I have thought it best to transfer to his care two letters for you which Dr. Logan committed to mine in London. You will find them here inclosed.2 When I received them I had hopes of being in America before this time. I shall regret the delay those letters have met with if it should occasion any inconvenience to the writer or to yourself. I take the liberty of putting under your cover ⟨a letter⟩ for our mutual friend3 which I ask the favor of you to forward to him—& to believe me your very obedt. servt.

W: Short


1Short here left a blank space but referred to JM’s 3 Dec. 1809 letter to him, which he had acknowledged in his 7 Feb. 1810 letter to JM.

2One of the letters that Short gave to George W. Erving was George Logan to JM, 6 May 1810.

3Short to Jefferson, 19 June 1810 (MHi), which JM forwarded in his 15 Aug. 1810 letter to Jefferson (see also Jefferson’s Epistolary Record [DLC: Jefferson Papers]).

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