James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Logan, [19 January] 1810

From George Logan

[19 January 1810]

Dear Sir

In a late Letter I mentioned to you my intention of embarking for England: Some circumstances have since occured which will prevent that event taking place at present.

Two days ago I had some conversation with Mr: Onis. He expresses anxiety that a good understanding should be preserved between Spain & the UStates: he laments that he was not received at Washington; as he had full powers amicably to settle every subject of misunderstanding between the two Governments. He mentioned with regret, that two Letters he wrote some Weeks since to Mr: Smith had not been answered, the latter in his private capacity.1 I am with sentiments of respect your friend

Geo: Logan

RC (DLC). Top margin of RC, including dateline, has been clipped. Date determined by JM’s docket.

1Logan referred to Luis de Onís’s letters of 20 Oct. and 20 Nov. 1809 to Robert Smith. In the first Onís had sought a “categorical answer in writing” to explain JM’s motives for not receiving him as minister from Spain. The second, private, letter called to Smith’s attention that JM had agreed Onís could continue communications with the U.S. through the offices of the British minister. Onís wished to know how that promise could be fulfilled after the departure of Francis James Jackson from Washington, and he mentioned that he wished to complain about expeditions against Spanish possessions that were being outfitted in American ports (DNA: RG 59, NFL, Spain).

Index Entries