James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, [4 December] 1803

To Thomas Jefferson

[4 December 1803]

A few alterations are suggested on the supposition that it may be best to present the transaction, as a disavowal of war & a conformation [sic] of peace, rather than as a pacification which might involve the necessary idea of Treaty. I take for granted that Mr Smith will have an oppy. of expressing his opinion as to the graduation of praise to the Officers.

As so many names are mentioned, & it is known that Lear was concerned in the affair, & may not be known that he was unofficially there—might it not be well to throw in a clause alluding to his presence, & the aid of his Zealous & judicious councils.1 This how ever for consideration.

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