Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 26 March 1801

To James Madison

Washington Mar. 26. 1801.

Th: J. to J.M.

I am still here. three refusals of the Naval Secretaryship have been recieved,1 and I am afraid of recieving a 4th. this evening from mr Jones of Phila. in that case Genl. Smith has agreed to take it pro tempore, so as to give me time; and I hope the moment it is in either his or Jones’s hands, to get away; but this may be yet three four or five days. Lincoln is doing the duties of your office. he & Dearborn will remain here. health, respect & affectionate attachment.

RC (DLC: Madison Papers, Rives Collection); at foot of text: “James Madison”; endorsed by Madison. PrC (DLC); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

1MS: “reieved.”

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