James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Thomas Ricketts, 11 June 1803

From John Thomas Ricketts

Cameron Mills near Alexandria
11th June 1803


I do myself the pleasure, at the Earliest date To forward you the Enclosed letter From a Friend, Resident at new Orleans, a Physition of Emenence and Character and a native of this commonwealth1 That on Enquiry you will find Entitled to confidence and Faith, and From His Practice and Intimacy in the First Families, under my own knowledge in may 1802 last preceeding. I know of no Other person more likely to come at correctness.

No doubt you are well Informed on the Occasion in question, you will nevertheless oblige me To lay this letter, or such Extracts before the President That you may think proper, and at your leasure Return me the Origenal, Tis superflus to Remind you of the necessity of Secrecy as to the writer, which If know[n] at Orleans would confine him in chains.

Though numerous, I found the Greater Bulk of Americans in that place High Flying Federalists, openly abusive, with Real or Imaginary Dissatisfaction at the present order of things in our Government, To Which Flood was almost the only Exception of weight and Enfluence Your Obdt & Very Hble Sert

Jno: Thos. Ricketts2

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