James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 11 September 1801

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello Sep. 11. 1801.

Dear Sir

I have no letter from you by the mail, whence I conclude I may possibly recieve something by private conveyance. A letter from miss Paine to Virginia Randolph saying nothing of your health makes me hope it is reestablished. I inclose you a letter from Genl. Saml. Smith with Barney’s letter to him.1 It contains matters worthy of some attention. I do not believe that Murray would endeavor to defeat the treaty. On the contrary I believe he would be anxious to get it through. However the more I reflect on it the more I am satisfied it’s non-ratification is unimportant, and will give us all the benefits of peace & commercial relations without the embarrasments of a treaty. You will recieve by this post my letter to the Bey of Tunis, & one to Rob. R. Livingston on Neutral rights; both open, & to be forwarded.2 I have recieved no letter by this post from mr. Gallatin which augurs ill of the situation of his family,3 as he has had occasion to write me weekly on a great variety of matter. Accept assurances of my constant & affectionate esteem & great respect.

Th: Jefferson

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