Sepr 3. 1823.
It is painful for me to pass you, but some private concerns, & particularly the expectation of meeting Mr. Goodwyn, with whom I am in negotiation for the sale of my land, and who was expected there the day before yesterday hurries me on. We will indemnify ourselves on our return, in abt. a fortnight. I do not think it probable, that I shall sell, but I wish to be there as soon as in my power.
Our last intelligence, respecting Spain, was from Gibralter, in a letter from Mr. Rodney, He intended to remain there, untill the frigate took Mr. Nelson into Cadiz & returned for him—He spoke in no very desponding terms, of the affairs of Spain but in such as absolutely abandond all hope.
Will you be so kind as to examine the papers sent by Mrs. Madison, relating to the claim of Governor Tompkins, we will confer on the subject when we meet—your friend.