From Joseph Jones
[ca. 16 February 1797]
Being longer detained in Albemarle than I expected I did not arrive here untill the last evening, when I received your letters of the 2d. & 5th. and of the 13th.1 I will attend to what you recommend respecting the republication of observations under the signature Citizen two Nos. have only appeared that have come to my knowledge and these in papers of the first week of the month.2 The lapse of time since the publication of the 2d. No. induces a suspicion the writer has abandoned his design, but if pursued such long intervals bet. the periods of their appearance will lessen their effect. Dawson was here last night and is gone today to Gatewoods3 in his way to Orange and Madison, having already visited Louisa—his Antagonist4 is also industrious being on the wing through the district—the probability is that Dawson will be elected. Mr. Jefferson was to set out the middle of the week and intended to take this place in his way. If the weather which has been rainy for two days does not delay him he will be here this evening or Tomorow. I was at your fathers on my way down the family are well. Ambrose’s Widow very low and despaired of. That you and yr. family may enjoy the blessing of health is the sincere wish of Yr friend & Servt.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM at a later time, “1796 or 7.” Dated 15 or 21 Feb. 1797 in the Index to the James Madison Papers. Conjectural date here assigned by comparison with Jones’s letters to JM of 29 Jan. and 22 Feb. 1797.
1. Letters not found.
2. On 1 Feb. 1797 the Philadelphia Claypoole’s Am. Daily Advertiser began publishing a series of essays by “A Citizen” under the title, “An Examination of a Late Letter from Mr. Pickering to Mr. Pinckney.” Numbers two through five appeared on 4, 8, and 15 Feb. and 1 Mar. 1797. The Philadelphia Aurora General Advertiser reprinted the essays on 2, 9, 14, 23 Feb. and 4 Mar. 1797.
3. Possibly Henry Gatewood, Jr., who owned land in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and who had married into the Webb family of Orange County (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , 4 [1896–97]: 293; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 2d ser., 5 : 171).
4. Thomas Posey.