James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Joy, 14 November 1811

From George Joy

London 14th Novr: 1811.

Dear sir

The Constitution is at length arrived, and Mr: Russell informs me that she is to return to France before she will proceed to America; which will not probably be till some time in the Month of Janry. My Plan of embarking in her is by this means disconcerted; and the detail of Communication, that I was desirous of making personally, delayed.

I am now strongly persuaded to defer my departure till the spring; but it is my intention, if I can get on board a good ship, and nothing special intervene, to leave England in a week or ten days. Should I remain, Letters addressed to the Care of Mr Russell, or of Messrs. Rogers, Towgood & Co: Bankers here, would be sure to meet me. In the mean time I take the liberty to hand you the enclosed Copies, shewing the Commencement, and something near the termination of my Agency in Denmark. A Corroboration, not to say Confirmation of certain Reports that I heard in Denmark and Sweden, induce me to request the favor of your perusal of the former: the written words in Mr: Pinkney’s Passport are distinguished by being underlined.1 I may add to the Evidence of satisfaction expressed by the Cabinet secretary in the latter, that my last Letters from Mr: Adams, received since my arrival here, are as friendly as I could wish. Always very sincerely, Dear sir, Your friend & Servt:

Geo: Joy.

RC and enclosures (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). RC marked “Dupl: 1st per Pacific.” Postmarked Boston, 26 Dec. Docketed by JM. Enclosures (3 pp.) are copies of William Pinkney to Joy, 25 Aug. 1809; Pinkney to Mr. Rist, 25 Aug. 1809; Joy’s passport from Pinkney, 31 Aug. 1809; Pinkney to Joy, n.d.; Joy to Peter Carl Jessen, 30 Aug. 1811 (in French); and Jessen to Joy, 1 Sept. 1811 (in French).

1Besides the date and pronouns, the words shown here in italics are underlined in the enclosed copy of the passport: “… George Joy Esquire who is a Citizen of the said United States and is about to go to Denmark under the Orders of this Legation …”

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