James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Monroe, 8 June 1803

From James Monroe


Paris June 8 1803.

Dear Sir

In our publick communications we have been so full that little is left to be added here. I inclose you a letter open addressed to Genl. Mason, W. C. Nicholas & Mr. Breckinridge1 containing a statment of facts relative to what has occurr’d here which I have thought it proper to put under yr. controul. You may either deliver or retain it to be returned to me when I get back to America. Circumstances may occur to make a knowledge of those facts necessary, in wh. case it is possible there may be an advantage in their being known, without its being supposed they came from you. Of this you will judge and dispose of the inclosed as you think best. You will readily conceive how much to be avoided every thing like a discussion of the kind referrd to is to be. I sincerely wish my colleague to derive all the advantage & credit which his good exertions & intentions entitle him to, but the transaction ought to rest on its true ground, as a memorable incident in our history tending to prove the wisdom of the measures of the last session. I am of opinion that it imports the credit of the admn. to treat him with kindness & attention. Having sufficiently explained myself in my private letter—by Mr. Hughes I say nothing on this occasion other than to refer you to that.2 I shall inclose to yr. care a letter to Mr. Jones & probably others to be sent after Mr. Jay to Havre; having no time to write them at present or even to inlarge in this. Sincerely I am yr. friend & servt

Jas. Monroe

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