Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 11 December 1809

From James Madison

Washington Decr 11. 1809

Dear Sir

I duly recd your two letters of the 26. & 30. Ult: The State of Col. Monroe’s mind is very nearly what I had supposed. His willingness to have taken a seat in the Cabinet, is what I had not supposed. I have written to Majr Neele, according to your suggestion, and shall follow it also as to the distribution of Govr Lewis’s papers when they arrive. Fayette in a letter to me has been equally urgent on the subject of his land1 titles which are required as the basis of a loan. Owing to delays incident to the distance & the nature of the proceedings in consummating land titles, and more particularly to the miscarriage of a mail containing instructions from Mr Gallatin, which was long unknown to him, the business has never been compleated. I have renewed my efforts to accelerate it; and have so written to Fayette, by the Ship Jno Adams, which carries a remittance from the Treasury to Holland, and will touch at France & England for collateral purposes. It was found cheaper to make the remittance in this way, than by Bills of Exch: at their present rate. The papers will tell you what Congs are about. There is not as yet any appearance, by which their course can be foretold. The Republicans as usual are either not decided, or have different leanings. The Federalists are lying in wait, to spring on any oppy of checking or diverting the tide now setting so strongly agst them. The wound recd by Mr J. G. Jackson, is thought at present to wear a very favorable appearance. As the Ball however remains in him, and the Hip bone, is much broken, it is not certain that he may not be left somewhat of a Cripple. Be assured always of my high & Affece esteem

James Madison

I return the letters from Armstrong and Majr Neele

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Dec. 1809 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) John Armstrong to TJ, 19 Sept. 1809. (2) James Neelly to TJ, 18 Oct. 1809.

Lafayette’s most recent letters to Madison about his land titles were dated 17 Sept. and 26 Oct. 1809, the second of which Madison had not yet received. On 4 Dec. Madison wrote Lafayette that he would try to bring the business to completion (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 2:38–40, 106–7).

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Index Entries

  • Congress, U.S.; duel between members of search
  • Federalist party; and American foreign policy search
  • Gallatin, Albert; and Lafayette’s La. land search
  • Jackson, John G.; duel with J. Pearson search
  • John Adams (ship); carries letters to and from Europe search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; land of, in La. search
  • Lewis, Meriwether; and J. Neelly search
  • Lewis, Meriwether; papers of search
  • Madison, James; and J. Monroe search
  • Madison, James; and Lafayette search
  • Madison, James; letters from search
  • Madison, James; M. Lewis’s papers sent to search
  • Monroe, James; and J. Madison search
  • Neelly, James; and M. Lewis’s effects search
  • Republican party; and foreign relations search
  • The Netherlands; and U.S. finances search
  • Treasury Department, U.S.; remittance of to Holland search
  • United States; and the Netherlands search