James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jacob Wagner, 13 September 1805

From Jacob Wagner

Department of State 13 Septr. 1805

Dear Sir

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.

J. Wagner


1This 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).

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