James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William Pinkney, 17 May 1806

Washington May 17. 1806

Dear Sir

You will receive from the Bearer Mr. Forrest the public despatches for yourself & Mr. Monroe, with sundry letters & packets accompanying them. In a letter to Mr. Monroe which is unsealed, you will see the footing on which your eventual succession to a vacancy in the legation at London is placed. No letter has been recd. from Mr. Monroe, nor from Paris ⟨s⟩ince you left Washington.

Mr. Forrest will return without much delay, and will afford an opportunity for letting us know, in case of an unexpected suspension of your departure, whether any use can be made of it, for adding to the present communication any others that occur to you as useful.

With sincere wishes that a speedy & agreeable voyage may be succeeded by an accomplishment of its objects, I remain, with sentiments of great respect & esteem Your most Obedt. Servt

James Madison

NjP: Pinkney Papers.

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