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To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 6 November 1809

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello Nov. 6. 09.

Dear Sir

Yours of Oct. 30. came to hand last night. Capt Coles passed this place on the 31st. to Washington. I gave a copy of the paper you desire to Thomas Monroe1 for his government; and, through him, another to Mayor Brent, that the city magistracy might understand what I considered as the limits separating our rights & duties. Capt Coles can borrow either of these probably for copying. Should they be lost, on my return from Bedford, for which place I set out tomorrow, I will send you mine to be copied.

On the 3d. & 4th. we had a fall of 3. I. rain, more than had fallen in the 3. months following the 14th. of July. This morning the thermometer is at 33½°. A few spiculae of white frost are visible here; but I expect it is severe in the neighborhood, & that there is ice. I recieved a note from the Chevalr. de Onis which I answered.2 Perhaps he may make this the occasion of expressing his mind inofficially to me. Affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers).

1Thomas Munroe (see PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (2 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984-). description ends , 1:187 n. 1).

2Luis de Onís to Jefferson, 17 Oct. 1809, and Jefferson to Onís, 4 Nov. 1809 (DLC: Jefferson Papers).

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