James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Dawson, 22 December 1793

From John Dawson

Richmond Der. 22. 93

Dear Sir!

Recieve my thanks for your favour of the 15.1 which came by the last evening’s stage.

You cannot expect any thing new from this quarter. We all look with g[r]eat anxiety towards Phia. for a full disclosure of the very momentous communications made by the President.2 While G. B carri[e]d on the war only on our frontiers, the merchant, & all those in the middle secure country felt themselves very little interested. But now that she has attachd as well Algerines as well as Indians I trust that it will raise a general just indignation against that proud imperious nation, & that the Congress will as much as possible restri[c]t our commerce with her. With real regard I am dr Sir yr friend & Sert

J Dawson


1Letter not found.

2On 5 Dec. Washington sent both houses of Congress his administration’s correspondence on foreign relations. The documents were printed by order of the House of Representatives, and newspapers published summaries (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 3d Cong., 1st sess., 137; Philadelphia Federal Gazette, 7 and 9 Dec. 1793). JM’s copy of A Message of the President of the United States to Congress Relative to France and Great Britain … with the Papers Therein Referred to (Philadelphia, 1793; Evans description begins Charles Evans, ed., American Bibliography … 1639 … 1820 (12 vols.; Chicago, 1903–34). Roger P. Bristol, ed., Supplement to Charles Evans’ American Bibliography (Charlottesville, Va., 1970). description ends 26334) is in the Madison Collection, Rare Book Department, University of Virginia Library.

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