James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 12 December 1788

To Thomas Jefferson

Philada. Decr. 12. 1788

Dear Sir

The inclosed letter has been just sent me by Miss Rittenhouse and I avail myself of the delay of Mr. Morris to give it a conveyance. Since mine already in the hands of Mr. Morris further returns have been recd. from the Western Counties of this State, which tho’ not the entire residue, reduces the final result to certainty. There will be seven representatives of the federal party, and one a moderate antifederalist. I consider this choice as ensuring a majority of friends to the federal Constitution, in both branches of the Congress; as securing the Constitution agst. the hazardous experiment of a second Convention; and if prudence should be the character of the first Congress, as leading to measures which will conciliate the well meaning of all parties, and put our affairs into an auspicious train.

I am charged by a Monsr. St. Trise who is here—with his compliments to you. He is an officer in the French Cavalry, and appears to be an agreeable worthy man.1 With every sentiment of esteem and attachment I am Dear [Sir] Yr. friend & servt.

Js. Madison Jr

RC (DLC). Docketed by Jefferson.

1In May 1788 Jefferson had written letters to Edmund Randolph and Charles Thomson recommending the chevalier de St. Trise (Trys). The Frenchman carried these letters with him to America (Boyd, Papers of Jefferson description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (19 vols. to date; Princeton, 1950—). description ends , XIII, 122, 122–23).

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