James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Washington, 5 August 1789

From George Washington

August 5th. 1789

My dear Sir,

I want to communicate two matters to Congress; the substance of which is contained in the enclosed Paper. The first requires to be decided upon before the proposed adjournment shall take place—but my motive for commun[ic]ating the other, at this time, is only to fix the attention, & to promote enquiry against the next meeting.1

Whether would an Oral or written communication be best?

If the first what mode is to be adopted to effect it?

I would thank you, my good Sir, for amending the enclosed address, if you have leizure, by adding to, or striking out such parts as you may think had better be expunged. I am most Affectly Yours

Go: Washington

RC (CSmH); Tr (MH). Enclosure not found (see n. 1).

1The enclosure must have been a draft of Washington’s message to Congress, presented on 7 Aug., concerning negotiations with the Indians and the organization of the militia (Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington, from the Original Sources, 1745–1799 (39 vols.; Washington, 1931–44). description ends , XXX, 371–73).

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