James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 17 September 1802

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello Sep. 17. 1802.

Dear Sir

I recieved yesterday your’s of the 15th. In the hope of seeing you here tomorrow I return no papers. I will pray you not to fail in your visit. I have recd a letter from mr. R. Smith disapproving of the countermand of the John Adams for reasons detailed;1 & one from mr. Gallatin disapproving of the original order for her sailing.2 (He had not then, Sep. 9. heard of the countermand.) The vessel now awaits our decision, which I have delayed till the next post, in order to consult with you on the subject. This renders it interesting that you should preserve your purpose of coming tomorrow, when I shall be happy to recieve your’s & Dr. Thornton’s families & friends. Bp. Madison is gone. Colo. Monroe was to go off yesterday; but I have not heard whether his family is gone or not. If not, he will be back on Tuesday. But I rather expect they are gone. Dr. Bache has broken up housekeeping, ready for his departure.3 Accept my affectionate salutations.

Th: Jefferson.

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