James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Washington, [17 May] 1789

From George Washington

Sunday—7’Oclock AM. [17 May 1789]

Mr. Madison having been so obliging as to draw the answer to the Address of the House of Representatives—GW. would thank him for doing the same to that of the Senate. If he receives it any time this day or tomorrow morning it will be sufficient.

RC (DLC); Tr (MH). Late in life JM docketed the RC: “G. Washington without date—(perhaps 1789,) 90 or 91.” Fitzpatrick (Writings of Washington, XXX, 499) dated this letter 10 Jan. 1790, and it is listed under that date in the Index to the James Madison Papers. However, JM was not in New York on that day and did not take his seat for the second session until 20 Jan. 1790. This note fits the circumstances of Washington’s reply to the Senate delivered Monday, 18 May 1789 (DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds., Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America (3 vols. to date; Baltimore, 1972—). description ends , III, 267; I, 48–49; Reply of the President to the Senate, 18 May 1789).

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