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From James Madison to Richard Cutts, 12 October 1817

To Richard Cutts

Montpellier Ocr. 12. 1817

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 8th.1 has been duly recd. as was that from Mrs. C. to her sister. I thank you for your attention to the Gardiner. Bizet has indicated a disposition to remain with us; and it is probable will suit the place better than a stranger, till we shall be able to avoid the expence altogether. The entire ignorance of our language and of the habits of the blacks wd be serious difficulties to be encountered by the stranger in question.

I have not recd a single Weekly Register from Niles, since I left Washington, altho’ I presume he has not failed to forward them. Perhaps they are sunk in the Post office at Washington, or are sent inconsiderately to the President. Will you be so good as to enquire; and if possible reclaim the lost numbers, without which my sett will be deeply injured. May I trouble you also to procure from Mr. Rush & send me, Marbois’ history of Arnolds treason,2 which I lent him. It is, I believe, a bound Copy in the French original, and a present to me from the Author. Perhaps Mr. R. may have erroneously supposed it was a public and not a private property, and intended by me to remain in the Dept. of State. We are all well & unite in cordial regards & good wishes.

James Madison

RC (ViU: McGregor Library). Docketed by Cutts.

1Letter not found.

2François Barbé-Marbois, Complot d’Arnold et de sir Henry Clinton contre les États-Unis d’Amérique et contre le général Washington, Septembre 1780 (Paris, 1816). JM’s copy was listed for sale in Stan. V. Henkels Catalogue No. 821 (9 May 1899), part VI, item 276.

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