James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 20 September 1790

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello Sep. 20. 1790.

Dear Sir

Your servant now returns with many thanks for the aid of him & your horses.1 I was disappointed in meeting my family here: however I am told they will arrive today. I wished to have seen mr. Randolph, before the departure of your servant, to know if he had found a horse for me; because if he has not, I should determine to accept the offer of yours. I drove him about eight miles in the Phaeton, and he did as well as the awkwardness of so new a situation to him gave me right to expect. If mr. Randolph should not have been succesful in his enquiries, I will send to you for the horse immediately. Notwithstanding your observing ‘we should not differ about the price,’ I know nobody with whom it is so difficult to settle a price, and with whom I should be so likely to differ. Witness the money disputes on our journey. As I would not chuse to trust to your setting a price therefore, I should propose your getting a capt: Wood or some such good judge to do you justice. But of this more if I send for the horse. Adieu, my dear Sir. Your’s affectionately

Th: Jefferson

FC (MHi).

1Francis Taylor recorded in his diary on 18 Sept.: “Col. Madison & Mr. Jefferson about 12 o’clock got to the [Orange] Court house on their way home from New York” (Vi).

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