James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 1 October 1792

From Thomas Jefferson

Georgetown Oct. 1. 1792.

My dear Sir

I called at Gunston hall. The proprietor just recovering from a dreadful attack of the cholic.1 He was perfectly communicative, but I could not, in discretion let him talk as much as he was disposed. I proceeded to M. Vernon & had a full, free, & confidential conversation with the President. The particulars shall be communicated when I see you. He declares himself quite undecided about retiring, desirous to do so, yet not decided if strong motives against it exist. He thinks if he declares a month before the day of election it will be sufficient: consequently that he may make his declaration even after the meeting of Congress. Bishop Madison whom I met here is just stepping into the stage, therefore I can only add assurances of my sincere affection

Th: Jefferson


1George Mason died on 7 Oct. 1792.

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