James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 31 March 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

Philada. Mar. 31. 1793.

Th: J. to J. Madison.

Nothing remarkeable this week. What was mentioned in my last respecting Bache’s paper was on misinformation, there having been no proposition there. Yours of the 24th. from Alexandria is received. I inclose you the rough draught of a letter I wrote on a particular subject on which the person to whom it is addressed desired me to make a statement according to my view of it.1 He told me his object was perhaps to shew it to some friends whom he wished to satisfy as to the original destination of the 3. mill. of florins, and that he meant to revive this subject. I presume however he will not find my letter to answer his purpose. The President set out on the 24th. I have got off about one half my superfluous furniture already and shall get off the other half within two or three days to be shipped to Virginia: & shall in the course of the week get on the banks of the Schuylkill.2 Ham. has given up his house in Market Street & taken a large one in Arch. Street near 6th.

RC and enclosure (DLC); FC, FC of enclosure, Tr, and Tr of enclosure (DLC: Jefferson Papers). The two-page enclosure includes interlineations and marginalia not in the FC of enclosure.

1Jefferson enclosed a draft of his letter to Hamilton of 27 Mar. 1793 (DLC: Hamilton Papers). Printed in Syrett and Cooke, Papers of Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and Jacob E. Cooke, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (26 vols.; New York, 1961–79). description ends , 14:255–56, the letter explained “the view I had of the destination of the loan of three millions of florins obtained by our bankers in Amsterdam previous to the acts of the 4th. & 12th. of Aug. 1790. when it was proposed to adopt it under those acts.” The administration of that loan was the subject of Giles’s third resolution of 27 Feb. 1793, censuring Hamilton’s official conduct (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 2d Cong., 2d sess., 900).

2Jefferson was planning to resign as secretary of state and rented for the summer a house near Gray’s Ferry from Moses Cox (Malone, Jefferson and His Time, 3:57–58).

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