James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 9 May 1796

To Thomas Jefferson

May 9. 1796

Dear Sir

I have your letter on the subject of Mr. Howell & seen the old gentleman who interests himself in it. I think it probable you will find reason to be satisfied with the change you have made in your merchant. I have not yet been able to procure bills on Amsterdam for Van Staphorst. They can be got I am told, but not with so much ease or choice, as on London. I shall not intermit my attention to that object.

We have had a calm ever since the decision on the Treaty. Petitions however continue to arrive, chiefly in favr. of the Treaty. The N. England States have been ready to rise in mass agst. the H. of Reps. Such have been the exertions & influence of Aristocracy, Anglicism, & mercantilism in that quarter, that Republicanism is perfectly overwhelmed, even in the Town of Boston. I hope it will prove but a transitory calamity; and that the discovery of the delusion, will ultimately work a salutary effect. The people have been every where made to believe that the object of the H. of Reps. in resisting the Treaty was—War; and have thence listened to the summons “to follow where Washington leads.”1 Nothing late from abroad. We expect to adjourn abt. the 20 or 25 inst: Adieu Yrs. affy

Js. Madison Jr

We has [sic] just had a most plentiful rain after a drought nearly as severe as that with you.

RC (DLC). Franked and addressed by JM to Jefferson in Charlottesville, “via Richmond.” Docketed by Jefferson, “recd. May 21.” Misdated 9 May 1794 in the Index to the James Madison Papers and Madison, Letters (Cong. ed.) description begins [William C. Rives and Philip R. Fendall, eds.], Letters and Other Writings of James Madison (published by order of Congress; 4 vols.; Philadelphia, 1865). description ends , 2:13.

1JM quoted here from a Boston circular letter of 28 Apr., which was sent to every town in Massachusetts. The letter predicted “WAR! Horrid WAR” if Jay’s treaty was not implemented (Philadelphia Gazette, 7 May 1796).

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