Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Madison, 5 April 1805

Washington Apl 5. 1805

Dear Sir

Yours of the 1st. instant has been recd with the letters of James Monroe & Pinkney. I had a conversation yesterday with Turreau on the subject of Ferrand’s decree. He was perfectly rational and accomodating, expressed a wish to receive without delay a note from me on the subject, and promised to interpose as requested. He regretted that Logan’s motion to prohibit the trade with St. Domingo, had not succeeded; observing that the Blacks had lately been enabled by American supplies to advance agst. Ferrand, & that the violence of his proclamation had been probably inspired by that circumstance. The Baltimore paper of yesterday, serves to confirm this circumstance, & with the addition, that the French are likely to be driven out of the Island. Inclosed is a copy of Ferrand’s Edict, and of the letter I sent to Turreau. His answer has not yet been recd.

yrs. with respectful attachment

James Madison

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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