James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Henry Lee, 27 February 1812

From Henry Lee

Washington 27h. feby. [1812]

Dear Sir

I came here to see the S of war on army appointments & was obliged to wait till late in the evening before I could see him which detained me the night.

This day I met G. W1 who urged me to his house & then ask⟨ed⟩ me to deliver the enclosed.

On my way just now to do so, I learnt that yr. dinner company had assembled & I of course returned.

I will stay this night in town & will wait on you before breakfeast in the morning, unless by a note sent to Mr Jones’s2 for me, you should tell me that you was satisfied with the letter without farther explanation. Most respectfy & truely I am ever your friend & most ob: ser


RC (DLC). Year in the dateline added later by JM as part of his docket.

1At a later date JM inserted an asterisk here and interlined “Wilkinson.” He also wrote in the margin, “*see his letter of this date.”

2Lee was probably referring to the inn on Pennsylvania Avenue that had been established by Charles Jones (Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 7 [1904]: 103).

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