James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Mason, 21 April 1813

From John Mason

George Town 21 april 1813


I take the liberty to send you a letter I received today—the writer Mr. Ricketts is a wealthy and respectable Man—living in the Country near Alexandria, and altho’ illeterate, of strong sagacious mind—& a firm friend to your administration—as it appeared to me he had taken a pretty correct view of the Subject of which he treats I really thought it my Duty Sir to send it you; in which if I have erred, I entreat, that my apology may be found, in the desire to possess you so far of the Sentiments of a well judging individual. With very great Respect I have the honor to be Sir Your most obt Hbl Servt

J Mason

RC and enclosure (DLC). The enclosure is a 20 Apr. 1813 letter to Mason from John Thomas Ricketts (3 pp.; docketed by JM), which restated more concisely the concerns about a British attack on Washington that Ricketts had outlined in his letter to James Monroe of 19 Apr. (printed above).

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