Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Madison, 29 May 1793

From James Madison

Orange May 29. 93.

Dear Sir

I wrote you two or three days ago with an inclosure of Newspapers &c since which I have been favored with yours of the 19th. I thank you for the plans and observations which far exceeded the trouble I meant to give you. The sentiments expressed by Genest would be of infinite service at this crisis. As a regular publication of them cannot be expected till the meeting of Congress, if then, it were to be wished they could in some other mode make their way to the press. If he expressed the substance of them in his verbal answer to the address, or announces them in open conversation, the Printers might surely hand them to the public. The affection to France in her struggles for liberty would not only be increased by a knowledge that she does not wish us to go to war; but prudence would give its sanction to a bolder enunciation of the popular sentiment. I inclose a letter to the French Minister of the Interior which has been written some time.1 I pray you to look it over with an eye to every proper consideration, and if you find a particle in it wrong or doubtful not to seal and forward it, till I have an opportunity of making the requisite variations. I hope your model of the Threshing Machine is by this time arrived and answerable to expectation. You will have much use for it if your harvest should turn out according to the promises of our fields in this quarter. Wheat was never known to be more uniformly excellent. Adieu. Yrs. always & affy.

Js. Madison Jr

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 6 June 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Madison to Jean Marie Roland de La Platière, French Minister of the Interior, April 1793, gratefully accepting the French citizenship conferred on him by the Legislative Assembly on 26 Aug. 1792, and avowing his wishes for the prosperity and glory of the French nation and the victory of liberty over the minds of its opponents (Dft in same; printed in Madison, Papers, description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962-, 21 vols. description ends xv, 4).

In recognition of their services to liberty, the Legislative Assembly in August 1792 bestowed French citizenship on three Americans, Madison, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton—the last two of whom did not respond to the award—as well as on a number of European supporters of the French Revolution (Archives Parlementaires, description begins Archives Parlementaires de 1787 à 1860: Recueil Complet des Débats Législatifs & Politiques des Chambres Françaises, Paris, 1862-, 222 vols. description ends 1st ser., xlix, 10).

1Preceding two words written over “recently.”

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