James Madison Papers

From James Madison to James Monroe, 19 January 1802

To James Monroe

Washington Jany. 19. 1802

Dear Sir

I have this moment recd yours of the 14th. instant. The letter from Mr. Purviance which I herein return is a favorable specimen of his stile & sentiments. Mr. Jones1 will explain to you the occasion & object of my enquiries. I have as yet formed no final determination in the case, & there is a possibility tho not a probability that it may be rendered unnecessary. Mr. Dawson as you will see has at length reached his post. I do not learn that any proceeding is instituted for scrutinizing the legality of it.2 He brought ample despatches from England, but not of very late date. At his departure a cloud lay over the subjects depending between the U. S. & G. B., a sudden & unaccountable tergiversation having shewn itself in the leaders of the latter Cabinet. Present us with affecte. respects to Mrs Jones Mrs. Monroe & Miss Eliza—and accept the same yourself, from your sincere friend & Sert.

James Madison

On reflexion I beg leave to retain for a while Mr. Purviance letter.

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