James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Dawson, 25 February 1794

From John Dawson

Richd Feby. 25: 94.

Dear Sir!

I am favourd with your letter. It may have been politic to pos[t]pone the resolutions offerd by you, but realy I cannot at this distance see through it.

On the last evening a meeting of a number of Citizens was to have been held in this place to declare to their representative their opinions of his vote.1 What the[y] did I know not but presume it will be immediately forwarded to him, & will no doubt be warmly in favour of the resolutions.

I am very anxious to hear some thing about our new French minister, & of what has become of Genet.2 Yrs. sincerely

J Dawson


1Federalist Samuel Griffin, whose constituency included Richmond, was one of three Virginians who voted with the minority when the House of Representatives on 5 Feb. postponed consideration of JM’s commercial discrimination resolutions. Federalists hoped to defeat the resolutions by forcing an immediate vote (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., 431–32; JM’s speeches of 5 Feb. 1794, nn.; JM to Jefferson, 2 Mar. 1794).

2Fauchet brought orders from the French government for Genet’s arrest. The former French minister sought asylum and settled in the U.S.

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