James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Lee, 14 February 1807

(Private) duplicate.

Bordeaux Feby 14: 1807.


I beg leave to transmit you herewith copy of a correspondence, relating to a very ridiculous letter written by a thoughtless young man ⟨by⟩ the name of Hackpole of Boston, and made ⟨p⟩ublic by the inconsiderate Mr. I. C. Barnet. I ⟨sh⟩ould not have troubled you Sir with this pitiful ⟨a⟩ffair had it not been suggested to me in a ⟨le⟩tter I have this day received from a respectable friend of mine at Paris, that the contents of ⟨t⟩hat letter were calculated to make an unfa⟨v⟩orable impression at Washington by creating an impression, that I had been, (in the true spirit ⟨of⟩ a new England-man) trying to barter away my office: Permit me therefore to assure you that I was totally ⟨   ⟩ a thousand francs in the whole Empire.

In calling your attention to such trifling affairs as these I always feel as if I was doing wrong and I have twenty times since my residence in this City, omitted addressing you on subjects of this natur⟨e⟩ infinitely more interesting to me, from a fear of trespassing on your valuable time and of being ranked with those Colleagues of mine, who are always tormenting Government with their silly complaints and details of Office. With the highest respect I have the honor to remain your obliged ⟨and⟩ obedient Servant

Wm Lee

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Bordeaux.

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