To William Jones
Montpelier May 24. 1814
I have looked into the cases referred to in your letter of 1 as found in the proceedings of the Court now returned. That I may decide on them with the satisfac. & advantage of a previous consultation with you, I delay the decision till my return to the City. This will probably be before the 1st. of next month. I am making preparation ⟨to⟩ set out on friday next, and shall lose no time unnecessarily on the road. As I make arrangements for falling in with or having sent to me, communications from Washington, you will be so good as to continue yours till otherwise advised. Accept my friendly respects & best wishes
RC (THaroL: U.S. Presidents Collection). Docketed in an unidentified hand: “James Madison / Postpones his decision on the result of Court Martial, Chesapeake’s officers &c until his return which will be first of June.” Addressee not indicated; identified as Richard Rush in the Letters and Papers of Richard Rush (microfilm ed.), reel 3; identified here as Jones based on the docket and evidence in n. 1.