James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Philip Mazzei, 24 July 1805 (Abstract)

From Philip Mazzei, 24 July 1805 (Abstract)

§ From Philip Mazzei. 24 July 1805. “In the above-mentioned copy1 I included a sentence, in which I spoke of two of my works, consigned to Timpanari for you, and which I am not now able to send to you, because I am 50 miles from Pisa and on the point of leaving for Rome.

“I should like to know whether you received my long letter of December 28, 1803,2 or even that of December 15, 1804.3 I have reason to believe that you have received it and I attribute the fact of my not having received an answer to the confusion of your errands.

“Our esteemed President will tell you of the sad reason4 which has caused me to send you copy of that of August 30, 1804. Attribute the inconsistencies of this letter to that reason, which drives me out of my mind, as my heart stops every time I think of it.”

RC and enclosure (DLC). RC 1 p.; in Italian; written at the foot of Mazzei to JM, 30 Aug. 1804; docketed by JM.

1See Mazzei to JM, 30 Aug. 1804, PJM-SS, description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (10 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 7:659–60.

2Ibid., 6:240–43.

3Ibid., 8:385.

4In his 20 July 1805 letter to Jefferson, Mazzei expressed his fear that the John Adams, Captain Ramsdale, in which his friend Giuseppe Timpanari Viganò had sailed, carrying Mazzei’s earlier letters, had been lost at sea. The ship left Gibraltar on 22 Sept. 1804 for Philadelphia (Marchione, Philip Mazzei: Selected Writings, 3:393; New York Morning Chronicle, 1 Dec. 1804).

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