To James Madison
Monticello. Aug. 20. 10.
Mr Wirt having suggested to me that he thought the explanations, in my case of the Batture, respecting the Nile & Missisipi not sufficiently clear, and that the authority cited respecting the Nile might be urged against me, I have endeavored, by a Note, to state their analogies more clearly. being a shred of the argument I put into your hands I inclose it to you with a request, after perusal, to put it under cover to mr Gallatin, the argument itself having, I presume, gone on. mr Irving will be with you tomorrow. I shall set out for Bedford the next day, to be absent probably about three weeks. you shall know when I return in the hope of having the pleasure of seeing you here. Affectionate salutations to mrs Madison & yourself.
RC (DLC: Madison Papers); at foot of text: “The President of the US.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ’s Note on the Nile and Mississippi Rivers for his 31 July 1810 Statement on the Batture Case, [ca. 20 Aug. 1810], consisting of a long footnote that appears in Jefferson, Proceedings description begins Thomas Jefferson, The Proceedings of the Government of the United States, in maintaining The Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi, Adjacent to New-Orleans, against the Intrusion of Edward Livingston. prepared for the use of counsel, by Thomas Jefferson, New York, 1812; Sowerby, nos. 3501, 3508; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 10 (no. 604) description ends , 51–2n, with a different opening in the manuscript stating as a principle applying to all rivers that inundation does not change the riverbank whatever the cause or season (MS in MdHi, 1944, entirely in TJ’s hand, undated, at head of text: “Note to page 36. l. 4. †”; Dft in DLC: TJ Papers, 192:34148).
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