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From Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 9 May 1802

To James Madison

Monticello May 9. 1802.

Th:J. to J. Madison.

The road through Ravensworth is rendered absolutely impassable for a four wheeled carriage by a single change made lately by one of the mr Fitzhughs in his plantation. you must not therefore attempt it, but go on to Fairfax C.H. & there turn off to Songster’s. Bull run is now passed at an excellent ford, and the hills by a great deal of work have been made quite good. the road between Elkrun church & Norman’s ford is bad, as it generally is, but it will be better by the time you come on. all the rest is fine.

I think mr Wagner should be instructed to take decisive measures for having a sheet of the laws printed daily till done. a person direct from Kentucky, tells me a person of known credit had reached there from New Orleans which he left March 6. and affirms a French governor had arrived there, without troops, and had taken possession of the government. he was so positive that if we have nothing later from thence, I should think it possible. Adieu affectionately.

RC (DLC: Madison Papers). PrC (DLC); faint; date in dateline overwritten in ink to “May 6. 1802”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso as “May 6.” Recorded in SJL at 6 May 1802.

HAVING A SHEET OF THE LAWS PRINTED: see Daniel Brent to TJ, 21 May.

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