To James Madison
Monticello Aug. 29. 1803.
By the last post I recieved & forwarded your letter to Duane, in which there was nothing but what was safe and proper. Duane is honest, & well intentioned, but over zealous. these qualities harmonise with him a great portion of the republican body. he deserves therefore all the just & favorable attentions which can properly be shewn him. by the same post I recieve from the collector of Norfolk the information you desired him to give in the case of capt Cloupet & the contraband negroes.1 I presume it is by mistake he says he recieved the orders from the Secretary of the Treasury. I now inclose his papers to you with those recieved from you on the same subject. if you think with me that the case is of too doubtful an aspect to justify so early an interposition, it may lie awhile, and with the less inconvenience, as we cannot remit the right of the prosecutor qui tam. should you think otherwise I shall be ready to reconsider it at any time. I return you the letter &c. of Gavino. our two frigates and 4. small vessels have all sailed for Tripoli, and as those in the Mediterranean have at length appeared there, we may hope something will be done this season. I am afraid what has been done as to the Marocco-Tripoline may give us some trouble.
Govr. Page arrived here last night & will stay a week with us. I am not without hopes of seeing you in that time. altho’ the post comes from Alexandria here in a day, & every other day, yet I think your letters to me & mine to you are sometimes 5. days old before they are recieved. it is true that I sometimes write on Saturday the letter which goes on Monday, and often write one day before the post. this may account for one & sometimes 2. days of the five. Accept my affectionate salutations for mrs Madison & yourself & assurances of sincere attachment.
RC (DLC: Madison Papers); at foot of text: “The Secretary of State.” PrC (DLC). Enclosures: (1) William Davies to TJ, 16 Aug., recorded in SJL as received from Norfolk on 26 Aug. but not found. (2) Louis André Pichon to Madison, 26 July (see TJ to Madison, 8 Aug.). (3) John Gavino to Madison, 18 June from Gibraltar; he encloses a letter to Madison from Richard V. Morris at Malta, 19 May, regarding the Meshouda, and reports steps he has taken to forward a letter from Morris to James Simpson; reporting also that a Portuguese warship had engaged in a battle off the coast of Algiers, the British ship Victory is at Gibraltar en route to Malta to become Horatio Nelson’s flagship, and the last elements of the British army from Egypt are at Gibraltar, some on their way back to Britain; Gavino also encloses information about quarantine charges in the port and forwards a letter just received from Simpson (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- , 35 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 1986- , 9 vols.; Pres. Ser., 1984- , 7 vols.; Ret. Ser., 2009- , 2 vols. description ends , Sec. of State Ser., 5:102).
1. TJ here canceled “which you directed him.”