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To James Madison from Alexander J. Dallas, 29 April 1815

From Alexander J. Dallas

29 April 1815

Dr. Sir.

The Board of Officers still continue industriously at work; but I have no result yet. Perhaps, I shall be able to communicate a plan of organization by Monday’s Mail.

The inclosd letter, and Extra newspaper, were received by me in the Mail of yesterday. The letter is certainly written by Mr. T. Biddle; and I presume Mr Bache threw it into the Mail, after the Bag had been locked; which accounts for the absence of a post-mark. I give credit (and so do Mr. Monroe and Mr. Crowninshield) to the news; but I have declined being the instrument of publishing it, lest it should turn out to be an imposition. The Mail of to-day will clear up all doubts. What a scene for speculation does the event, if true, open upon us! I am, Dear Sir, most respectfully & faithfully Yrs.

A. J. Dallas

RC (CSmH). Enclosures not found, but James Monroe to JM, 30 Apr. 1815, indicates that the letter conveyed the news of Napoleon’s return to power in France.

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