James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Jones, 23 June 1785

From Joseph Jones

Richmond 23d. June 1785.

Dr Sir.

Mr. Beckley has at length furnished me with a copy of the resolution you lately requested might be sent to you.1 I confide it to the care of Mr. Maury of Fredericksburg in hopes it will get safe and soon to your hands. Mr. Blair2 tells me a Copy of this resolution has been transmitted to the State of Maryland but knows nothing further of the matter—perhaps the Clerk or Speaker sent one to Mr. Mason.3 It wod. seem necessary something shod. be done in it previous to the meeting of the Assembly. My determination is to be in King George by the 8th. or 10th. next month where I shall stay a few days before I set out on my trip to Berkeley. I shod. be glad to hear from you and if you mean to leave orange wch. way you bend your course. Yr. friend & Servt

Jos: Jones.

RC (DLC). Cover missing. Docketed by JM.

1The resolution JM sought probably was the one concerning a meeting of an interstate commission to discuss the navigation of the Potomac and related problems. See Resolutions Appointing Virginia Members of a Potomac River Commission, 28 June 1784.

2Archibald Blair, clerk of the Council of State.

3JM did not know that George Mason and Alexander Henderson had already met with the Maryland commissioners in March 1785 until informed by Jones of the Mount Vernon conference. See Jones to JM, 12 June 1785; Mason to JM, 9 Aug. 1785.

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