James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Monroe, 26 May 1805

From James Monroe

Madrid May 26. 1805.

Dear Sir

Captn. Dulton having occasion for money in the UStates with a view to his accomodation I have given him a draft on you for the amt. here, for my expences <per? > for the sum of sixteen hundred sixty dolls. 14. cents.

I send you a letter from the Chevalr. Frere containing some offcl. papers relative to his recall.1 He is a worthy man a friend of the UStates. He feels some sensibility to the affr. of the present wh. Mr. Adams promised him & if such are made in any case I hope it will be in his. If none are, a polite letter to him stating the fact will doubtless be a satisfactory apology.

If Captn. Dulton returns here we have promised him his expences back<, > as he leaves this altogether to accomodate our govt.

I mentioned from London a case in wh. Ld. Boston interested himself.1 will you be so good as peruse the enclosed & have done what is desired—another paper enclosed is from Genl. La Fayette—relative to that person some form of <response? > may be proper. It need not be known that it was enclosed to you, and on reflection I think I will not do it.

Such communications as those to the prince of peace & genl. Beurnonville you will consider as publick or private as you think best.

RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). Unsigned; in Monroe’s hand. Enclosures not found.

2For Lord Boston’s inquiry about Francis Newman, see Monroe to JM, 12 June 1804, Jacob Wagner to JM, 15 Sept. 1804, and JM to Monroe, 11 Oct. 1804 (PJM-SS, description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 7:313 and n. 3; ibid., 8:53, 156–57). Francis Newman (d. 1818) is reputed to have given up a baronetcy in England when he came to the United States about 1800. In 1804 he was named to a committee appointed to convey to all Republicans in the district of Charles County, Maryland, the resolutions passed by party members at a 22 Aug. meeting supporting Jefferson and George Clinton for president and vice president, respectively, and John Mitchill for elector. In 1807 Newman was named a manager of the Charles County Board of Agriculture. He served as a colonel in the War of 1812, and in 1813 JM named him collector of direct taxes and internal revenue for the sixth district of Maryland. Newman’s son John married JM’s niece, Nelly Conway Rose (Alexandria Expositor, 10 Sept. 1804; Virgil Maxcy, ed., The Laws of Maryland, with the Charter, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution of the State, and Its Alterations, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States, and Its Amendments [3 vols.; Baltimore, 1811; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 23293], 3:373; Baltimore Patriot & Mercantile Advertiser, 12 Mar. 1818; The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography [63 vols.; New York, 1892–1984], 10:221; Senate Exec. Proceedings, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1828). description ends 2:438, 439; Annah Robinson Watson, Of Sceptred Race [Memphis, Tenn., 1910], 164).

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