James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Graham, 31 July 1811

From John Graham

Dept of State 31st July 1811.

Dear Sir

The Packet for the Secretary ⟨o⟩f State containing the Letters which I supposed you would wish to read, is left open—and put under Cover to you. I have supposed that this would be the most convenient arrangment. Should you prefer any other you will be pleased to let me know.

Mr Barlow left us yesterday intending to Lodge at Marlbro: and to get to Annapolis early today. We have furnished him with a Copy of Mr Fosters last Letter1 and of the Communications from Mr Dallas in relation to the arrest of the Captain of the French Privatier the Diligent.2

The inclosed was received under Cover from Mr Adams3—with it came three Letters from him to this Dept—there [sic] are down to the 11th March and ⟨seem to contain⟩ nothing very new or important. So much of them however is in Cypher, that we have not been able to get thro: them in time for this Mail. They will be forwarded by the next Mail.

I hope that you & Mrs Madison had a pleasant Journey and arrived safely at Montpelier. With Sentiments of the most Respectful attachment I am Dear Sir Your Mo: Obt Sert

John Graham

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Foster to Monroe, 26 July 1811 (printed in ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Foreign Relations, 3:443–45).

3Graham may have enclosed John Quincy Adams to JM, 8 Feb. 1811. Of the three letters to the State Department “down to the 11th Mar.” Graham mentioned as having received from Adams, two, dated 12 and 19 Feb. 1811, were docketed as received on 31 July (DNA: RG 59, DD, Russia).

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