James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Isaac Hite, 15 June 1803

To Isaac Hite

Washington June 15. 1803

Dear Sir

I have not heard from you since you left Orange but conclude that you will now be found at home. The delays to which I have been subjected, determine me at length to abandon my visit, till the first of August.1 I hope I shall then be more fortunate in the oppy. of meeting you.

The accts. from Europe are down to the 6th. of May. The preparations for war were not then relaxed and the prevailing [sic] was that peace could not be maintained. It is probable that the mutual appeals to Russia contributed to the procrastination of the issue between England & France.2 Every moment may be expected to bring us final information on the subject.

I have letters from Paris as late as Apl. 19th.3 Mr. Monroe had been there about a week. There had not been time eno’ for any decisive negociations. In general appearances were by no means discouraging; and if nothing should take place in Europe to vary the course of our affairs there, I hope the event, as well as the calculations which led to the Mission, which [sic] justify it.

We have had extreme heat for a few days after a cool season. I understand the latter weather has made your crops beyond the Mountains good. Every where they have succeeded. But generally they will be remarkably short including Pena. N. Jersey & N. York.

I hear nothing of the family matters in Orange. Has Potter given up the idea of taking the Mill.4 Let me hear from you on these subjects, and accept my sincerest friendship. Yrs. truly

James Madison

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