James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Dawson, 5 August 1801

From John Dawson

Paris August 5th 1801.

Dear Sir

My letter to “the Secretary of State,” of this date1 will inform you of the ratification of the convention. The probable causes of the delay will be communicated when we meet. The ultimate result may be attributed to the first Consul, and I am happy in the reflection that my honest endeavours to serve my country have not been without their effect.

After the departure of the ship which takes the Convention and this letter I shall be my own master, and propose to visit England if I can cross the Channel. At present all intercourse is prohibited from an apprehension of invasion which I do believe will be attempted and which has certainly created much alarm in that country. About the first of October I shall sail for the U. S. and hope to be with you by the first of December.

There is a report here which has created some surprise and uneasiness. It is that a Mr. Lee is appointed the Consul at Bordeaux.2 He is represented as a refugee and one who bore arms during our war, (whic⟨h⟩ circumstance I am sure coud not be known to the administration) and in every respect unfit for the office.

Mr. Appleton a very respectable Gentleman has solicited permission to take the treaty and will hand you this. I have told him that I coud not promise him one sous—that it was probable, that, if he was at any extraordinary trouble, you woud make him some compensation.

I have only one letter from the United States since I left them.

I pray you to present me to Mrs. Madison, and to accept an assurance of much esteem

J Dawson.

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