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To James Madison from Alexander J. Dallas, 6 August 1815

From Alexander J. Dallas

6 Aug. 1815.

Dr. Sir.

The inclosed paper gives, it is alledged, the sequel of the battle of the 18: of June, between Bonaparte and the Allies.1 The report, in the extent stated, is doubted here; but I think it probable, that Bonaparte’s repulse will produce something like a test of his popularity at Paris.

I have written to Mr. Crawford, but no answer has been recieved. It may be, that he is on his way to visit you. I am, Dr. Sir most respectfully & faithfully Yrs.

A. J. Dallas

RC (CSmH).

1Dallas may have enclosed a copy of the New York Columbian or New York Commercial Advertiser of 5 Aug. 1815. Both papers carried a report that after the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon had assumed a disguise and fled to Paris, where the legislature refused his request for troops and funds, demanded his abdication, imprisoned him when he refused, and gave him a day to reconsider his decision. On the following day, 22 June 1815, he “did … ABSOLUTELY AND UNCONDITIONALLY ABDICATE.”

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