From Jacob Wagner
Department of State 13 Septr. 1805
The original of the enclosed letter from Mr. Monroe having become much disfiguered and rendered confused by the process of decyphering, I have had it copied, and the rather as it enabled me to send a copy to the President.1 You will have seen the arrival of Mr. Monroe in London stated in the newspapers; and thus ends the negotiation with spain under any existing powers in Europe. Be pleased to sign the enclosed duplicate & Triplicate of the last letter to Mr. Monroe.2
I received to day through the post office a small box containing two vials with a liquid resembling wine: being sealed I could not ascertain what it is.3 The box was addressed to you, but is unaccompanied by any explanation, except that it came by the Ship Robert, Capt. Alcorn. With respect & attacht. Your obed servt.
1. This was probably Monroe to JM, 30 June 1805 (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 9:504–7).