From James Madison
Orange Augst. 2d. 1797
At the desire of Mr. Bringhurst I forward him to Monticello; and make use of the opportunity, the first that has offered, to return you the pamphlet you were so kind as to leave with me. I add to it a late Fredg. paper which has got hold of some important articles of later date than were brought by the last post, and which may therefore be new to you as they were to me. I have had nothing from Monroe since his letter by you. Dawson mentioned on the 10th. that he would be in Virga. in 14 days; but I see by the fête given him in New York that he was there about the middle of the month. I hope you have shared with us in the fine dose of rainey weather which has restored the verdure of the earth; and if followed by the ordinary course of the season, will save our crops of corn from any essential deficit. Mrs. M. joins in respects to the ladies, and the cordiality with which I remain Dear Sir, Yrs. affecly.
Js. Madison Jr
RC (DLC: Madison Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 2 Aug. 1797 and so recorded in SJL.
The pamphlet and Fredericksburg paper that Madison sent to TJ have not been identified. The letter from James Monroe to Madison, delivered by TJ during his visit with Madison on his return from Philadelphia on 10 and 11 July, has not been found. On 27 July, John Dawson wrote Madison from Philadelphia informing him that Monroe would leave for Virginia “in about a week” (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– , 26 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 4 vols. description ends xvii, 32–3; MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , ii, 966). A letter written by Dawson at Orange Court House to TJ on 24 Apr. 1797, received 11 July, is recorded in SJL but has not been found. Also recorded in SJL but missing is a letter from Dawson at Richmond, written 18 Mch. and received 22 Mch. 1794.