James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, [ca. 28 November] 1805

To Thomas Jefferson

[ca. 28 November 1805]

Resol. 1. (Substitute within any part of the former Louisiana comprehended in the delivery of possession thereof to the U.S.)

2. (omit)—(substitute as may consist with the honor of the U. States) this change will look less towards advances by the U.S. [“] to effect” the adjustment.

4. (omit, as embarrassing and inefficacious)

5. (quer. if not unnecessary and provided for by the succedg. Resol.)

6. (omit, on the idea that witht. this specification—amicable expense of adjustmt. will be in fact authorized, with an apparent reference to the use of force previously authorized)

The difficulty lies in covering an application of money to a new purchase of territory. As a means of adjustment it will be covered; but by a construction probably not entering into the views of Congs.1

RC (DLC: Jefferson Papers). In JM’s hand. Undated; unaddressed. Conjectural date and recipient assigned based on Jefferson’s docket: “recd. Nov. 28.05. Resolns Spain.”

1JM’s notes referred to the wording of a list of suggested resolutions on Spain that Jefferson drew up for discussion by the cabinet before it was submitted to Congress. For the initial list and a revised list that Jefferson sent to Gallatin on 4 Dec. 1805, see Ford, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, description begins Paul Leicester Ford, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (10 vols.; New York, 1892–99). description ends 8:398–400 n.

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