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From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 28 March 1809

To Thomas Jefferson

Mar. 28. 1809

Dear Sir

I have yours of the 24. The enquiry as to Franzoni will be made as soon as an oppy. offers. F. Page had been appd. before your letter was recd. & his Commission forwarded.

We have letters from Erving to Jany. 28. He was at Cadiz, intending it appears to adhere to the Junta Suprema, till the drama should close, and then leave Spain, by way of Gibralter, Tangier, or England, if no other course offered itself. I fear he has run from one Extreme to another, under the influence of the Existing Atmosphere. His news is pretty much like that in the paper inclosed. Yrujo1 was at Cadiz, going on with his Mills, which involving a Monopoly, were odious & not likely to survive popular fury in the only turn of things that cd. preserve his patent. He says he has sacrificed his fortune in promoting the patriotic cause. Adieu. Yrs

James Madison

RC (DLC). Docketed by Jefferson, “recd Mar. 30.”

1Carlos Fernando Martínez de Yrujo (or Casa-Yrujo; also Irujo) was the Spanish minister to the U.S., 1796–1806.

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