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To James Madison from Elias Vander Horst, 28 July 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Elias Vander Horst

28 July 1803. Has not heard from JM since he last wrote on 10 July. Encloses newspapers and a London price current; “the picture they draw is not the most exact resemblance of truth, yet they serve in some degree to shew the State & course of Public affairs.” “One would suppose from them that the War is popular but I must confess to you that my judgment fails me greatly if this is really the case. Unhappily for Mankind War is become too much a Trade with us & Perhaps with some other Nations also, owing to the Rich Harvest it yields to those in Power.” Fears “a National Bankruptcy … bolstered up by that delicate Shadow of wealth—Paper.” The weather “continues uncommonly fine,” with “the most flattering prospect of an abundant Harvest.”

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