James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Jones, 16 June 1801

From Joseph Jones

Bowling Green. 16th. June 1801

Dr. Sr.

Coming from Richmond in the Stage to this place in company with Col. Norton the Bearer hereof He mentioned the business which occasioned his coming to Virginia (to wit) the imprisonment of his Son in Law Capt. Merchant and another person who was his Mate.1 I told him I was present yesterday at Col. Monroes when Mr. Cyrus Griffin called to see him and heard Col. Monroe ask Mr. Griffin if he was at Court when the prisoners were tried who replied he was not but said he understood I think he said from Mr. Nelson2 the Atty. for the prosecution that the conviction depended on the Testimony of a Young Lad of abt. 14 yrs. old—whether this was the fact and the only positive proof I cannot say, but my mentioning the circumstance induced the Colonel to request I wod. oblige him with a certificate of the fact which I do with pleasure if in any respect it may contribute to authorise the extending Mercy to his unfortunate so⟨n⟩ in Law to obtain whose pardon is the object of his Journey to this State. I am on my return from the Genl. Court havi⟨ng⟩ been from Home ever since the first week in March. My intention is to go through Alexandria hence shod. I do so I will endeavor to call and see you and Mrs. Madison in your new station—wishing the family health I am Dr. Sr. yr. friend & Servt.

Jos: Jones.3

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