James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Washington, [28 February] 1790

From George Washington

Sunday Morning [28 February 1790]

My dear Sir

I return Mr. Jefferson’s letter with thanks for the perusal of it.1 I am glad he has resolved to accept the Appointment of Secretary of State, but sorry it is so repugnant to his own inclinations that it is done. Sincerely & Affectly. I am—Yrs.

Go: Washington

RC (NjP); Tr (MH: Sparks Transcripts). RC addressed by Washington; docketed by JM late in life: “G. Washington—no date / 1789–90.” For dating of the letter, see n. 1.

1Jefferson to JM, 14 Feb. 1790, posted at Richmond on 18 Feb.

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