Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Madison, 2 September 1793

From James Madison

Sepr. 2. 93

Dear Sir

I write this by your servant on his way to George Town with a Horse. He applies to me for his best route. I advise the circuitous one by Fredg., in preference to the shorter one, in which he would probably lose more by mistakes than would be equal to the difference between the two in point of distance. I left Monroe’s yesterday. My stay was spun out by waiting for Mr. D. R., who did not arrive at Monto: till Friday evening. Your letter by him was duly received. On getting home last night I found your subsequent one of the 18th. inst: I have not yet read the paper inclosed in it. I shall write you in the course of the day by another opportunity for the post1 which will afford me time to say what I could not say now without detaining the Servant.

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); unsigned; endorsed by TJ as received 8 Sep. 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

D. R.: David Meade Randolph. Your letter by him: TJ’s second letter to Madison of 11 Aug. 1793. TJ’s letter of the 18th. inst: was actually dated 18 Aug. 1793.

1Preceding three words interlined.

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