James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 24 March 1793

To Thomas Jefferson

Alexanda. Mar: 24: 93

Dear Sir

I wrote at Baltimore, but the letter being too late for the mail, I have suppressed it. It contained nothing of consequence. We1 arrived here to day (2 OC) and shall proceed to Colchester tonight. Our journey has been successful; tho’ laborious for the horses. The roads bad generally from Head of Elk; on the North of Baltimore, and thence to George Town, excessively so. I am just told by Mr. R. B. Lee here, that Rutherford is elected, so is Griffin, Nicholas,2 & New.3 The other elections are unknown here.4 Yrs. always & affey.

Js. Madison Jr

RC (DLC). Docketed by Jefferson, “recd. Mar. 30.”

1James Monroe was JM’s traveling companion.

2John Nicholas (ca. 1764–1819), brother of George and Wilson Cary Nicholas, served as a Republican congressman, 1793–1801, from the district composed of Culpeper, Fauquier, and Stafford counties. He became JM’s political ally in the Third and Fourth Congresses (Manning J. Dauer, “The Two John Nicholases,” American Historical Review, 45 [1939–40]: 340–41).

3Anthony New (1747–1833) was a Republican congressman from the district including King and Queen, King William, Essex, Middlesex, and Caroline counties, 1793–1805 (BDC description begins Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1971 (Washington, 1971). description ends , p. 1466; Hening, Statutes description begins William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619 (13 vols.; Richmond and Philadelphia, 1819–23). description ends , 13:332).

4On the Virginia congressional elections held on 18 Mar., see Madison in the Third Congress, 2 Dec. 1793–3 Mar. 1795.

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