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From James Madison to John G. Jackson, 12 April 1811

To John G. Jackson

Washington Apl. 12. 1811

Dear Sir

I recd. at the same time your two letters of the 1st. & 5th. It was found that the appt. of a Judge to succeed Mr. Nelson, had taken place a week or two before. Your name had been brought into view under high auspices, but it does not appear that your willingness to accept the office (or the sufficiency perhaps of your health) was counted on. You say nothing on the subject of Merinoes; which was taken up in my late letter answering yours expressing a wish to acquire some of that breed of sheep. I can add nothing to the information therein submitted to you.1 You will see that very late accts. have been recd. from Europe, particularly England. I inclose papers containing all the particulars which have appeared in reference to our Affairs.2 The proper comments will occur to your own judgment. Accept my congratulations on the event which adds to your domestic happiness, with assurances of my esteem & friendship.

James Madison

RC (InU: Jackson Collection).

2JM presumably enclosed some recent issues of the National Intelligencer. That published on 9 Apr. 1811 included some “very late & very important verbal news from England” to the effect that Pinkney’s negotiations in Great Britain had completely broken down, that the minister was aboard the Essex en route to home, and that George III was recovering from his recent illness. The same issue also contained a lengthy editorial defining the U.S. position on neutral rights in order to distinguish them from the “maritime rights” of Great Britain. According to Sérurier, JM was the author of this editorial (Sérurier to Cadore, 10 Apr. 1811 [AAE: Political Correspondence, U.S., vol. 65]).

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