Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 6 October 1809

From James Madison

Washington Ocr 6. 1809

Dear Sir

I inclose for perusal a letter from Mr Dupont D. N. What does he mean by his desire “to contribute” to the Execution of his project of Education? You will observe that he has sent for you a copy of the Works of Turgot, as far as Edited. Be so good as to point out the mode in which you wish them to be transmitted. I expect a Waggon here next month which can take them to Orange, if you prefer that arrangement to a water one to Richmond.

The late news from Europe will be found in the Newspapers. Jackson has been presented, and is on the threshold of business. He is not deficient in the diplomatic professions, but nothing appears, to contradict the presumption that he is so in the requisite instructions.

We left Montpellier on friday last and reached Washington on monday about 3 OC. The heat was very oppressive on the road & has so continued since our arrival; notwithstanding a fine shower of rain the evening before the last. Be assured always of my affectionate & high respects

James Madison

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 8 Oct. 1809 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours to Madison, Paris, 11 July 1809, congratulating the new president; avowing his attachment to America and his eventual intention to join his sons there; expressing his desire to contribute to the implementation of his plan for national education in the United States, if Madison thinks it feasible; sending seven volumes of his edition of Turgot’s works; seeking permission to come to America on a public vessel; reporting that he has sent to his family commentaries on improving American tanneries and on breeding merino sheep; complaining that he has been unable to obtain permission to export his sheep to America and hinting that Madison’s intervention may be needed; and asking in a postscript for Madison’s assistance in forwarding sets of Turgot to TJ, the American Philosophical Society, and his children (RC in DLC: Madison Papers; printed with condensed translation in Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 31 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 6 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 1:285–6).

Index Entries

  • Du Pont de Nemours, Pierre Samuel; and merino sheep search
  • Du Pont de Nemours, Pierre Samuel; edits Turgot’s Oeuvres search
  • Du Pont de Nemours, Pierre Samuel; letter to J. Madison search
  • Du Pont de Nemours, Pierre Samuel; on education search
  • education; P. S. Du Pont de Nemours on search
  • France; sheep raising in search
  • Jackson, Francis James; British minister to U.S. search
  • Madison, James; letters from search
  • Madison, James; letter to, from P. S. Du Pont de Nemours search
  • merino sheep; French search
  • Oeuvres (A. R. J. Turgot) search
  • Turgot, Anne Robert Jacques; Oeuvres search