James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 21 February 1796

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello. Feb. 21. 96.

Th: J. to J. M.

I propose to write you a longer letter in answer to your two favors of Jan. 31. & Feb. 7. which came by our last post. But as I may possibly not have time before A’s1 departure, I inclose you a letter to J. Bringhurst,2 as the perusal of it will answer that article of your letters. When read, be pleased to seal & send it. I thank you as much for your advance to him as if I had really owed it, and if he does not repay it immediately, let me know it & I will do it. I have always considered paiments for my honor, as debts of honor, whether they were right or wrong. Adieu affectionately

RC (DLC); FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers). RC addressed by Jefferson to JM at Philadelphia and franked.

1Jefferson probably referred to a Monticello slave.

2Jefferson to John Bringhurst, 21 Feb. 1796 (not found, but listed in Jefferson’s Epistolary Record [DLC: Jefferson Papers]).

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