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To James Madison from Richard Rush, 24 September 1815

From Richard Rush

Washington September 24. 1815

Dear sir.

Since the receipt of your letter of the 19th instant1 I have dropped a line to Mr Yates, and been with Mr Graham upon the subject of it. The case is, I hope, placed in a way to be satisfactorily adjusted.

I enclose another letter from Mr. Dick.2 The accompanying documents to which he alludes, I have not thought it necessary to trouble you with. It does appear to me, that his sensibility has been moved unnecessarily upon the occasion; more especially, as, after all, General Toledo was aquitted. It arises, however, from a good motive; and it has occurred to me, that if there be nothing in General Toledo’s petition rendering it improper to transmit a copy, a sight of it might serve to allay him. I do not accurately remember its contents, but am under no impression that any charges were specifically laid to him. I have abstained as yet from saying any thing to him in answer to his request for a sight of it. I tender my faithful and cordial respects.

R. Rush.

RC (PHi: Richard Rush Papers). Docketed by JM. For enclosure, see n. 2.

1Rush referred to JM’s 20 Sept. 1815 letter to him.

2See Rush to JM, 21 Sept. 1815, and n. 1. Rush enclosed here John Dick’s 25 Aug. 1815 letter to him (6 pp.; DNA: RG 59, ML), forwarding documents supporting Dick’s statements in his 19 Aug. 1815 letter to Rush regarding the case of the Eagle and the delay of José Álvarez de Toledo’s trial. Dick added that he considered it important to correct misrepresentations in this case because it would become nearly impossible to check the “spirit of illegal adventure” in New Orleans if the federal government appeared to condone the activities of Toledo and other such opportunists.

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