James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Washington, 1 December 1788

From George Washington

Mount Vernon Decr. 1st. 1788.

My dear Sir,

By a notification in the Pensylvania Packet, it appears that the Southern Mail was robbed on the 22d. Ult in the State of Delaware.1 As it was about, at least not far from the time, I wrote you fully in answer to your favor of the 5th. of Novr. I am anxious to know its fate.2 If it has not reached your hands I will upon intimation thereof transmit a duplicate of my sentiments respecting the Falls Estate. At present I shall only give fresh assurances, of what I hope you are fully persuaded, that I am—My dear Sir, Yr. Most Obedt. & Affecte Sert

Go: Washington

RC (owned by Edward Ambler Armstrong, Princeton, N.J., 1959). Addressed by Washington to JM in “Philada. or New York.” Docketed by JM.

1The Pa. Packet on 24 Nov. 1788 informed readers that the mail “was robbed by three Negroes, between the Head of Elk and Kincade’s Tavern, near Iron Hill.” However, a subsequent notice in the same newspaper (6 Dec.) reported that the mail had been “found in the woods near the place, unopened, and upon examination it appears that there is nothing lost.”

2Washington to JM, 17 Nov. 1788, which had reached JM safely.

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