James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 10 January 1791

From Thomas Jefferson

Jan. 10. 1791.

Th: J. to J. M.

Will you be so good as to let me know how much I am in your debt for travelling expences & the horse.1 My monstrous bill of freight rendered the question useless till now. I send you a moment’s amusement at my expence in the Connecticut paper. I suppose it is from some schoolmaster who does not like that the mysteries of his art should become useless.2

RC (DLC). Addressed by Jefferson. Enclosure not found (see n. 2).

1See Jefferson to JM, 20 and 23 Sept. 1790; JM to Jefferson, 24 Sept. 1790.

2The enclosure was a satirical piece by “The Prompter” (Noah Webster) poking fun at Jefferson’s Report on Weights and Measures (Boyd, Papers of Jefferson description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (19 vols. to date; Princeton, 1950—). description ends , XVIII, 480–82).

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