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To James Madison from Volney, 12 [September] 1797

From Volney

Fredericksbourg,
Mardi 12. [September 1797] à Midi

J’ai L’honneur de présenter à Mr Madison mes remerciemens: je Suis arrivé ce Matin à 9½ h ayant couché chez getwood:1 Samuel2 se trouve en etat de repartir de suite pour retourner Coucher au Même lieu, en sorte que j’espère qu’il Sera demain rendu pour diner—je prie Mr Madison de présenter Mes complimens a Sa famille, et d’agreer mes très humbles civilités

C Volney.

N. b. la lettre de Mlle Baynton a été remise à Mr Blair par Moïmême.

Translation

Fredericksburg,
Tuesday, 12 [September 1797], at noon

I have the honor of presenting my thanks to Mr. Madison. I arrived this morning at 9:30 having passed the night at Gatewood’s. Samuel is ready to return immediately in order to pass the night in the same place, so that I hope he will be back tomorrow in time for dinner. I pray Mr. Madison to present my compliments to his family and to accept my humble regards.

C. Volney

N. B. Miss Baynton’s letter was given to Mr. Blair by me personally.

RC (InU: Lafayette Manuscripts). Conjectural date supplied on the basis of Volney’s letter from Washington, D.C., to Louis de Noailles, 17 Sept. 1797 (PHi: Gratz Collection): “Je ne recus qu’hier Votre lettre du 6 courant chez Mr. Law qui a bien voulu m’accueillir et Me loger depuis jeudi” (see also Volney to JM, 19 July 1797, and n. 1).

1For Gatewood’s, see PJM description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (1 vol. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986—). description ends , 16:492 and n. 3.

2Samuel, a Montpelier slave, was on loan to Volney as a servant and guide.

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