From John Dawson
Philadelphia June 22. 1797.
The accompanying papers will shew you the state of Europe, & you can easily judge of the effect they have had here. We have voted out the propositions for a salt tax, & for an additional regiment of artillerists—& the Senate, to day, that for a provisional army—they have also confirmd the nomination of Gerry in the place of Dana, who declind serving, 20 to 63—among the last the senators from Massa. & other highflyers.
I thing [sic] we shall adjourn in 10 days, & am well assurd they wish us gone—if the mischief is not done all may be well.
Not one word of Colo Monroe—is this not wonderful, & unfortunate to himself & to us? Yrs, with much esteem
Will you remember me to my friends, to whom I cannot write as often as I wish?
1. Letter not found.
2. Dawson probably delivered Dolley Madison’s reply (not found) to a letter of 7 June 1797 from Sarah McKean of Philadelphia (American Art Association Catalogue, “President Madison’s Correspondence from … the Notable Collection of … Frederick B. McGuire,” 26 Feb. 1917, item 88).
3. Elbridge Gerry’s appointment as one of three envoys extraordinary to France was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 21 to 6 (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 1:245).