From the Right Reverend James Madison
Oct. 24th. 1801
I hope the 500 Dols. herewith sent will come safe to Hand. Nothing is requisite but to return some writing acknowledging the Receipt, or obligation to refund the Amount. Perhaps the usual Bond in such Cases will be the most eligible Mode. Let it not specify any Interest; for if this small Sum be an Accomodation, that is all I desire. The Remainder shall be forwarded, if I am not disappointed.
I observed, in the different Papers, such harping upon the Introduction of Godwin in Wm & Mary,1 that I determined to check, if possible, the Current of Malevolence; especially, as your Inquiry2 evinced, that the Supposition of such an Introduction was one of the Engines which was occasionally played off against Virginia. For this Purpose, I have sent to the National Intelligencer a fictitious Letter, stating, however, Facts with a few Observations.3 Nothing so strongly marks the Virulence & the Meanness of the disappointed Party, as these little Tricks to excite popular Odium. They carry with them the strongest Evidence, either of the most pitiful Hypocrisy, or the most bigotted Ignorance. But I beleive the first is really the Case. Yrs most sincerely & Affy.