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Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 12 May 1815

To James Madison

Monticello May 12. 15.

Dear Sir

I have totally forgotten the writer of the letter I forward to you, and every circumstance of his case. I leave it therefore on his own letter and that of the Marquis de la Fayette to you, which came inclosed, and is now forwarded with the other. I shall set out for Bedford within three days, and expect to be absent as many weeks. the newspapers have begun the war for the European powers; but if the people of France are as unanimous as they represent, I cannot believe that those powers will imagine they can force a sovereign on that nation, and therefore presume the Continental powers will prefer a compromise, and that the financial difficulties of England will deter her from the Quixotism of attempting it single-handed. present us all affectionately to mrs Madison and accept best wishes for your own health, quiet & happiness.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); addressed: “James Madison President of the US. Montpelier near Orange C.H”; franked; postmarked Milton, 17 May; endorsed by Madison. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of missing letter from William Short to TJ, 25 Apr. 1815 (see note to TJ to Short, 15 May 1815); endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Francis De Masson to TJ, 9 Feb. 1815, and enclosure.

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  • France; and Great Britain search
  • France; TJ on search
  • Great Britain; and France search
  • Great Britain; financial situation of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; European affairs search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; France search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Great Britain search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; TJ forwards letter of search
  • Madison, Dolley Payne Todd (James Madison’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); letters to search
  • Masson, Francis De; TJ forwards letter of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search