James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Taylor, 23 December 1803

From Robert Taylor

Decr. 23d. 1803

Dear Sir

In answer to your favour of the 6th. inst:1 I have to say—that the one five dollars was intended to repay you for the like sum you advanced to the national Intelligencer the last year, the other for the present year. Nothing has been done in the family subjects intended to be submitted to me.2 Doctr. Rose withheld his signature from the agreement of submission & sent it to me inclosed in a letter signifying that he would not sign unless your brother Wm. would execute some deed contemplated by him—this was communicated to your brother who then directed me to deliver the agreement to him and to consider myself only as counsel to be consulted. A few days past Doctr. Rose informed me he would now sign the agreemt., but from the conversation with your brother thinking it not to be his wish for a reference of the subjects to me my answer to Doctr. Rose was accordingly. I was very much pleased to observe that our dispute with Morrocco was accommodated & hope it will have some effect of [sic] Tripoli. Notwithstanding the newspaper accounts of the resistance to be expected from the Spaniards to our taking possession of Louisiana—it has been considered by me rather as the federal wish than truth—inasmuch as no communication to that effect had ever been made by the executive to Congress—which I felt very certain would be the case if any official information to that purpose had been possessed. Be pleased to accept to yourself & lady from my wife & self the best compliments of the season. I am yrs afftely

Robert Taylor

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