From Henry Lee
Alexa. March 8h. 89
My dear sir
The papers necessary to our European project are enclosed herewith—viz my power of attorney, your remarks which are so full that I can add nothing, the old plot of the canal which must be kept by you, and a copy sent, it being not fit—& my letr. to Mr. Jefferson.1 The last explains fully the manner which appeared to be best for us to embrace, but should any thing be improper, you can pass it away in your letr & can add such other matters as may occur to you.
I receveid [sic] Mr Carrols reply the day after you left me. Negative—willing to lend but unable to collect.
If a copy of the plot of the canal at the great falls accompanyed with proper remarks was inserted in the Museum2 it would be gratifying to the editors, entertaining to the public & useful to the potomac. Always yours
The monocacy is navigable & brings into potomac the produce of the rich county about Fredr. town &c. The chonogocheague is also navigable & brings into the potomac the produce of the rich vale between the mountains as far nearly as Carlysle in Pensylvania.
I forgot to mention to Mr. Jefferson that the original papers with A packet from G W goes via Bordeaux to the care of Mr. Mason Merchant3 for transmission to Paris.
RC (DLC). Addressed by Lee. Docketed by JM. Lee wrote at the top of the page: “Duplicates with General W.[’]s packet go from hence.” Postscript written on verso.
1. The “European project” concerned a land speculation near the Great Falls of the Potomac. Lee enclosed JM’s prospectus in his letter to Jefferson of 6 Mar. (PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77; vols. 11—, Charlottesville, Va., 1977—). description ends , XI, 321–22, 399–400, 421–23; 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 , XIV, 619–20).
2. The American Museum, a monthly magazine published in Philadelphia from 1787 to 1792.
3. John Mason (1766–1849), son of George Mason of Gunston Hall (Rutland, Papers of George Mason, I, lxxvii; III, 1160).