Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Madison, 8 November 1795

From James Madison

Fredg. Novr. 8th 1795.

Dear Sir

I am thus far on my way to Philada. and shall proceed on the journey this morning. I left with my Father subject to your order the packet of papers promised you. In case of his absence, the overseer will be charged with them. Should you send a special messenger, it will be well to provide against much roughness in the carriage, as the papers are in a state not unsusceptible of being injured by it. I hear nothing new at this place, except that Wheat is falling in Philada. and consequently so here. Two reasons are assigned—the bad quality of the crop—and the English harvest turning out better than was expected. The last cause is no doubt exaggerated, if not forged, but rather in England than here for the papers are full of such paragraphs copied from English papers or English letters. Mr. Randolph’s publication is said to be in the press, but has not yet made its appearance. In the mean time Reports continue to circulate to his disadvantage; and I find that malice is busy in attempts to complicate others with his affair. I hope you will not forget to draw on our friend in N. Carolina, for his political anecdotes &c. He will at least in answer to your queries, give you a history of the particular points comprehended in your review. What passed in relation to the Seat of Govt. I know has been entered in his Diary. Yrs. truly

Js. M. Jr.

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 18 Nov. 1795 from Fredericksburg and so recorded in SJL.

The packet of papers included Madison’s manuscript record of the debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 (Madison to TJ, 4 Apr., 1 May 1796; TJ to Madison, 17 Apr. 1796). For TJ’s earlier use of these records, see Editorial Note on the great collaborators, at 13 Mch. 1791; and 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–, 24 vols. description ends , x, 7–8n.

Malice is busy in attempts to complicate others: see note to TJ to James Monroe, 6 Sep. 1795. Our friend in N. Carolina: Benjamin Hawkins (see TJ to Hawkins, 22 Mch. 1796).

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