Fredericksbg May 15 1815.
We came here on sunday & shall proceed to Richmond the day after to morrow. We left Washington on saturday.
We concurr’d in the opinion suggested in your letter that it would be proper to execute the law for reducing the army, and to permit the Squadron to sail for the Mediterenean, with instructions to keep a look out as to events, & the mov’ment of the fleets of other powers. These measures will of course be executed without delay.
I had written fully to Mr Adams on the interests which claimd his attention at London, & made arrangements for conveying the letter, & likewise one to Mr Bayard with his comissn: The change in France, will make a modification of Mr Gallatin’s comn., to suit it, necessary. I requested Mr Pleasanton to prepare another & send it for your signature, which I hope may be obtaind in time for the same conveyance. Mr Eustis has been furnished likewise with his instructions, so that I do not recollect anything that has been neglected.
I shall proceed to Albemarle from Richmond in a week after my arrival there, & I propose to go thence after a similar stay, by your house to Loudoun & Washington, subject however at any time to any summons which you may give. with affectionate respect
DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.