James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Joy, 3 February 1804 (Abstract)

§ From George Joy

3 February 1804, London. “The enclosed1 was intended to be sent by ⟨the⟩ Ship Magistrate; but after being some Weeks in ⟨the⟩ letter bag, her voyage was changed for the Cape of Good Hope, and her letters returned which I considered a providential Escape on your part from the Tedium of wading through a letter that had carried me much farther than I intended. I therefore determined not to trouble you with it at least during the session; but now that it cannot arrive till the recess I hand it for perusal at your leisure.”

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