James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Monroe, 2 October 1813

From James Monroe

Octr. 2. 1813

Dear Sir

The heavy rains sometime since prevented my setting out for Washington, on the day I had appointed, and the rise of the waters, delay me still longer. I found that if I went to washington & return’d for Mrs Monroe, at the time she was desirous of joining me there, I should be almost continually on the road, and untill my establishment there, be able to pay little attention either to the concerns of the public, or my own. I resolved in consequence to stay a week or ten days longer, & take her with me, in the gig in which I came. We expect to set out, on tuesday or wednesday next, and to be with you, on the day we leave home. We have been without horses, and utterly unable to make you & Mrs Madison a visit as we should have been happy to do. My daughters health too is very delicate. I have had every thing to excite uneasiness in my private concerns, instead of that consolation which one looks for & requires after, a fatiguing service at washington, so that I shall leave home with less chearful spirits than I hoped to have done; less so than I should wish to carry there.

The instructions to Genl. Mason give every thing than [sic] can be done in the case.1

I send you a letter from Genl. Williams & my answer, which if you approve, will thank you to seal & forward.2

Genl Lee’s letters will excite no surprise as they relate to the wine. I have directed an answer to him that if his wine comes it can not be protected under the Law from forfeiture.3

Other papers enclosed for your perusal in the packet not sen⟨t⟩,4 require nothing to be said respecting them. With great respect & esteem I am dear Sir your friend

Jas Monroe

The success on Lake Erie is a most happy event. God grant that it may be followed by a like good fortune on Ontario, & by Land.

RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). For enclosure, see n. 2.

1Monroe may have referred to JM’s letter to John Mason of 23 Sept. 1813.

2Monroe probably enclosed David R. Williams’s letter to him of 28 Sept. 1813 (NN: Monroe Papers). Williams stated that he had been ordered to report to Maj. Gen. Thomas Pinckney and requested guidelines for dealing with the Spanish and Indians as he expected to be assigned “much of the management of the indian war on our southern border.” He informed Monroe that he would pass through Fredericksburg on his way south and could go to Montpelier if JM wished. The enclosed reply from Monroe has not been found, but on 12 Oct. 1813, Williams acknowledged receipt of a 1 Oct. letter from the secretary of state, which as quoted by Williams assured him that “if any instructions are necessary from the department of State, they shall be forwarded to you” (ibid.).

3Not found.

4Monroe interlined the phrase, “in the packet not sen⟨t⟩.”

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