James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Irvine, 15 November 1789

From William Irvine

New York 15th Novr. 1789

Dear Sir

Your favor from Fredericksburgh, covering a letter for Mr. Jefferson came to hand & I will either deliver it or leave it in the office of foreign affairs, in case of absence, which may probably happen, as I am informed the County in which I live have elected me for the State Convention, which is to meet at Philadelphia on tuesday week.

The inclosed was sent to me yesterday from the office of foreign affairs, with a request to forward it, as they did not know where to direct to you. There is no account of Mr. Jefferson unless your letter contains it1—nor news of any kind here, except the Presidents return in good health.2 The absence of Congress makes a surprising alteration in the face of affairs, Men & Women, at New york, it can be observed even in the streets—no wonder they do not like to let them go. I am Dr Sir Yours Sincerely

Wm: Irvine

RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). Addressed by Irvine, “Near Fredericksburgh / Virginia,” and franked. Docketed by JM.

1Irvine may have forwarded Jefferson’s letter of 28 Aug. to JM.

2Washington had returned from his tour of the eastern states on 13 Nov. (Fitzpatrick, Washington Diaries, IV, 51–52).

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