James Madison Papers

From James Madison to James Monroe, 2 [August] 1811

To James Monroe

Montpelier July [August] 2. 1811

Dear Sir

I just find by the letters from W. that you had at length been liberated from your detention there. Mr. Graham having left the packet for you unsealed, I have glanced over the papers relating to Grassin & the letters of Foster.1 I am glad to find that the Owner of the Privateer, domicil[i]ated here, is taken in hand. There can be no legal difficulty I presume in dealing with him. Foster seems more disposed to play the diplomatist, than the conciliatory negociator. His letter though not very skilfully made up, is evidently calculated for the public here, as well as for his own Govt: In this view his evasion & sophistical efforts may deserve attention. Accept my cordial respects

James Madison

RC (DLC: Monroe Papers). Misdated by JM. Date corrected on the basis that JM was not at Montpelier on 2 July.

1See John Graham to JM, 31 July 1811, and nn. 1 and 2.

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