James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Edmund Randolph, 22 April 1783

To Edmund Randolph

RC (LC: Madison Papers). Unsigned and lacks a complimentary close. Cover franked by JM and addressed to “Edmund Randolph Esqr. Richmond.” Docketed by Randolph, “J. Madison. April 22. 1783.”

Philada. Apl. 22. 1783.

My dear Sir

The mail of yesterday like the preceding one broungt no letter from you.1

I just understand that a Frigate from France is at Chester, but what intelligence she brings & particularly whether she brings a definitive peace is unknown2 Several interesting questions are raised on the Preliminary Treaty. First whether laws prohibiting British Commerce & which were to be in force during the war are repealed or not?3 Another of a similar nature is whether the enlistments for the war are to be terminated by the latter or former Treaty? half the army under Genl. Washington is computed to be interested in this question.4

The Report for establishing a Revenue &c. passed Congs. on Saturday. It has been defalcated of several clauses which were material, and which would have touched in particular the supposed interest of Virga.5 Mr. Jefferson carried with him a copy of the plan as originally reported, and as it stood when he left us. It has undergone no material variation from the latter stage of it.6

1Randolph to JM, 26 Apr. 1783. JM inadvertently wrote “broungt” instead of “brought.”

3JM to Jefferson, 22 Apr. 1783, and citations in n. 13.

4Ibid., and n. 14.

5Ibid., and nn. 10–11.

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