James Madison Papers

From James Madison to James Madison, Sr., 13 May 1784

To James Madison, Sr.

Richmond May 13. 1784.

Hond. Sir

The Spectacles herewith inclosed came to my hands yesterday with information that the pr. first sent were forwarded by mistake. It will however give my mother a double chance of suiting herself. I wish the pr. which may not be preferred, to be sent down to me by the earliest opportunity, unless they should suit yourself & you chuse to keep them, as I am desired by the Maker to return them in case they sd. not be wanted. We did not make a House till wednesday & of course are but just beginning the business of the Session. Mr. Jefferson has been appd. an Associate with Dr. F. & Mr. Adams in forming commercial Treaties and will proceed immediately to Europe. He takes the place of Mr. Jay who is returning to America & who is to be the Secretary of F. Affairs if he will accept the office. I do not find that S. Jones1 is as yet here, & I suspend the sale of the Tobo. with a hope of its further rise. 38/. I believe may now be got, but 40/. is generally expected. I am your dutiful son.

J. Madison Jr.

RC (DLC). Cover missing. Docketed by James Madison, Sr., and by JM at a later date.

1Probably Captain Samuel Jones, Henrico County businessman, frequently employed by the state in settlement of accounts (JCSV description begins H. R. McIlwaine et al., eds., Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia (4 vols. to date; Richmond, 1931——). description ends , III, 212, 266; JHDV description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg. Beginning in 1780, the portion after the semicolon reads, Begun and Held in the Town of Richmond. In the County of Henrico. The journal for each session has its own title page and is individually paginated. The edition used is the one in which the journals for 1777–1786 are brought together in two volumes, with each journal published in Richmond in either 1827 or 1828 and often called the “Thomas W. White reprint.” description ends , May 1783, p. 77; Oct. 1783, pp. 47–48). If his absence was not owing to death, he certainly died within a month after the writing of the present letter (Vi: Henrico County Court Records, Will Book 1, 1781–1787, microfilm, pp. 138–39).

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