James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Jones, 6 July 1794

From Joseph Jones

Fredg. 6th. July 94

Dr. Sr.

Your accot. of the crops of wheat from this place to the little mountains is confirmed by almost every person I have seen and conversed with on the subject except Fountaine Maury who seems to entertain an opinion that the Crops below the mountain as well as in the upper country are much better than reported and greatly preferable to the crops of last year. My information respecting the crops of wheat from this dow[n]ward represent them as ruined in many places and in others reduced at least to a half and a third at best. Upon the whole it cannot be questioned but the crop will be very short of the usual quantity. Col. Carter and myself were to have gone for Loudon1 in a few days after you left us but a proposition coming forward for a grand field day on the 4th. July suspended our seting out untill the 5th. the time agreed on—that day the Col. seemed disposed to devote to rest in consequence of the hard service of the day preceeding and on this day we have been delayed by the rain but from present appearances I have no doubt shall commence our Journey Tomorrow. It will be seven or eight days before we get back and then after resting three or four days it is my intention to move your way. Perhaps I may go through Culpeper. Nothing has yet arrived from Philadelphia. Mr. “Williams was to have sailed about a week past by whom the parcels you expect may probably arrive and before I return. I had a letter from Monroe dated the 22d. ulto. off new pt. Comfort in the Bay where they had been detained two or three days for want of a fair wind to go to sea—they sailed the morning after we left Baltimore and altho’ the next day there was a brisk wind and as he said the ship had much motion they escaped sickness except that Joe2 complained a little but did not decline his dinner. The driver on his return with the Horses & chair met with an accident. The Horse fell and broke one of the Shafts for which a demand was made by Rect of fifteen shillings wch. I refused to pay as extravagent and withall a questionable charge. At length however as he fell to 7/6 I gave it him rather than have a dispute or any thing said further abt. it. Adieu. Yr. friend & Servt

Jos: Jones

There has already been some severe actions in Flanders wch. at length seems to have terminated in favor of the Republicans.

RC (DLC). Addressed by Jones to JM at Orange. Docketed by JM.

1Jones subsequently purchased land in Loudoun County from Col. Charles Carter, Jr., of Ludlow in Stafford County. Monroe became a joint owner with Jones of that land. At the death of Jones’s son, Joseph Jones, Jr. (1779–1808), Monroe inherited the balance of the estate with its six-room frame cottage called Oak Hill. In 1819 Monroe began construction of a larger house on the site (JM to Monroe, 4 Dec. 1794; Edmund Pendleton to Carter, 24 Dec. 1794, Mays, Papers of Edmund Pendleton, 2:629–30; Ammon, James Monroe, pp. 291, 408).

2Jones’s fifteen-year-old son, Joseph Jones, Jr., accompanied Monroe to France aboard the Cincinnatus commanded by Joshua Barney (Ammon, James Monroe, p. 116).

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