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Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 26 March 1812

To James Madison

Monticello Mar. 26. 12

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 6th was duly recieved. the double treachery of Henry will do lasting good both here & in England. it prostrates the party here, and will prove to the people of England, beyond the power of palliation by the ministry, that the war is caused by the wrongs of their own nation.  The case of the Batture not having been explained by a trial at bar as had been expected, I have thought it necessary to do it by publishing what I had prepared for the use of my counsel. this has been done at New York, and the printer informs me by a letter of the 21st that he had forwarded by mail some copies to myself, and would send by the stage, under the care of a passenger those I had ordered for the members of both houses. but those sent to me are not yet arrived. from this parcel I shall send some to yourself and the members of the Cabinet, which I have thought it necessary to mention by anticipation, that you may understand how it happens, if it does happen, that others get copies before yourself. — every body in this quarter expects the declaration of war as soon as the season will permit the entrance of militia into Canada, & altho’ peace may be their personal interest and wish, they would, I think, disapprove of it’s longer continuance under the wrongs inflicted and unredressed by England. God bless you and send you a prosperous course through your difficulties.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I had reason to expect that M. De-tutt Tracy, had, by the last vessel from France sent me some works of his thro’ mr Warden, and he thro’ yourself.

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

The printer was Ezra Sargeant.

Index Entries

  • Canada; U.S. policy toward search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; sends manuscript to TJ search
  • Great Britain; TJ on war with search
  • Henry, John; mission of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; J. Henry’s mission search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; war with Great Britain search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; The Proceedings of the Government of the United States, in maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi, Adjacent to New-Orleans, against the Intrusion of Edward Livingston search
  • Madison, James; and D. B. Warden search
  • Madison, James; and TJ’s batture pamphlet search
  • Madison, James; letters to search
  • Sargeant, Ezra; prints batture pamphlet search
  • The Proceedings of the Government of the United States, in maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi, Adjacent to New-Orleans, against the Intrusion of Edward Livingston (Thomas Jefferson); sent to J. Madison and his cabinet search
  • Warden, David Bailie; sends publications to TJ search