James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 20 August 1810

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello. Aug. 20. 10.

Dear Sir

Mr. Wirt having suggested to me that he thought the explanations in my case of the Batture, respecting the Nile & Missisipi not sufficiently clear, and that the authority cited respecting the Nile might be urged against me, I have endeavored, by a Note,1 to state their analogies more clearly. Being a shred of the argument I put into your hands I inclose it to you with a request, after perusal, to put it under cover to mr. Gallatin, the argument itself having, I presume, gone on. Mr. Irving will be with you tomorrow. I shall set out for Bedford the next day, to be absent probably about three weeks. You shall know when I return in the hope of having the pleasure of seeing you here. Affectionate salutations to mrs. Madison & yourself.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers).

1Jefferson evidently enclosed four pages of notes (FC, DLC: Jefferson Papers; dated 1807 in the Index to the Thomas Jefferson Papers) on the similarities between the Mississippi and Nile rivers, which he later included in the 1812 publication of his pamphlet on the batture (see Lipscomb and Bergh, Writings of Jefferson description begins Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (20 vols.; Washington, 1903-4). description ends , 18:81–83 n. 2, 84 n. 1).

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