James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Tench Coxe, 24 March 1801

From Tench Coxe

Philada. Mar 24. 1801

Dear Sir

One of my neighbours when I lived in this place, Mr. Du Ponceau is about to publish a collection of state papers calculated to illustrate some important points of public law.1 One of them which he shewed me appeared to be so important that I begd a copy, which I might send to Washington. I have the pleasure to inclose it. You will observe it expressly mentions wheat, meat &ca. not to be contraband. This paper appears to merit a place among our public documents.

The federal conversations here contain doubts of the removal of Mr. Pitt, but a letter to a quaker house mentions it in such a way as to gain it full credit. The doubts are founded on its appearance in an opposition print.

The body of information by this vessel is very great. It seems to be an excellent moment to bring our Affairs with England to a conclusion. I have had a good deal of conversation with some of their people, & have tried to dispose them to candid concessions. If the measures of the Commrs.2 could be taken up now, I am inclined to believe justice could be secured.

I feel great pleasure in the prospect of a fair and judicious administration of the Department over which you are to preside; and shall always have pleasure in contributing to its success. I am with sincere attachment & respect your most obedt. & hble s.

Tench Coxe3

I am here only till the 30th. afterwards at my home in Lancaster.

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