James Madison Papers

James Madison to William H. Crawford, 13 April 1824

Montpr Apl. 13. 1824

Dr. Sir

I recd. by the last mail yours of the 8th. & I enclose the requested copy of the letter shewing your reasons for declining the charge of the War Dept. on the resignation of Mr. Eustis; to which justice requires me to add, that the mission to France which you afterwards accepted was unsolicited on your part.

I thank you for the Vol: of the Diplom: Françoise which I retain till I can conveniently look over the article on the subject touched on in our conversation

I am very sorry for the prolonged weakness of your sight. As it is probably a sympathetic effect of the cause which has impaired your general health, it may be expected to yield to its re-establishment. In sincere wishes that this may speedily take place Mrs. M. unites with me, as I do with her in cordial regards to Mr<s>. Crawford & your amiable amanuensis.

J. M.

FC (DLC); Tr (Va).

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