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Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 6 November 1809

To James Madison

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 Monroe 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 33½º. 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. perhaps he may make this the occasion of expressing his mind inofficially to me. Affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Madison Papers). PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “President Madison”; endorsed by TJ.

thomas Munroe was superintendent of the District of Columbia, 1802–16.

Index Entries

  • Brent, Robert; as mayor of Washington search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; visits Monticello search
  • Madison, James; letters to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Visitors to; Coles, Isaac A. search
  • Munroe (Monroe), Thomas; superintendent of the District of Columbia search
  • Onís y González Vara López y Gómez, Luis de; minister plenipotentiary of Spain search
  • weather; drought search