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From James Madison to Ambrose Madison, 2 March 1791

To Ambrose Madison

Philada March 2d, 1791

Dear brother

Tomorrow will put an end to our existence. Much of the business has been laid over to the next session which is to be held the 4th Monday in [p. 402] Ocr. The most important bill lately past is that for establishing a Bank. You will see in the inclosed gazetteer the ground on which it was attacked & defended. The bill remained with the President to the last moment allowed him, and was then signed by him. Since the passage of that Bill one has passed for taking Alexa into the district for the seat of Gov’t if the Presidt finds it convenient. This is a confirmation of that measure & passed by a very large majority.

I enclose the report of the Secy at War on Col: Taylor’s case which you will hand to him. The grounds on which the claim is objected to are stated. The Report has not been decided on by Congs; and having but very lately been made lies over to another session.1 I can not yet fix on the time of my setting out for Virga. I shall at least wait till the Roads are safer than at present & am not sure that I may not make a trip into New England before I return.2 I have often projected this gratification to my curiosity, and do not foresee a more convenient opportunity, especially if I should be able to form a party for the purpose. I shall write you again before I make any definite arrangements. Remember me affectly to all.

I have recd yours of the 20th Feby from Falmouth.3 The young lady you mention has I find connections of the best sort in this place.

Printed copy (Madison, Writings [Hunt ed.] description begins Gaillard Hunt, ed., The Writings of James Madison (9 vols.; New York, 1900–1910). description ends , VI, 44–45 n.).

1Probably the pension report made by Secretary of War Knox on 25 Feb. 1791 (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Claims, pp. 28–29).

2This is the earliest mention of JM’s projected tour of New England. Some weeks passed before JM reported that Jefferson would be his companion (JM to Monroe, 12 Apr. 1791 [DLC]).

3Letter not found.

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