From David Jones
[ca. 19 December 1813]
I hope you will Pardon me for Troubling you to read this Sermon for I know that your Time is very precious; but is my opinion that it will be of great use in the Present Crisis. I would have rode down to see you, but I cannot the Cold. I am recovering my health and am in hopes that in warm weather I can be of use to my Country. I know there is no prospect of Peace. I wish that no long speeches be made in Congress, but a few observations, let the Question be taken the british Party in Congress main to gain Time that the british may find us unprepared next spring.
When you return the Sermon Direct thus
Revd David Jones Eastown Chester County
To be left at the spread Eage post office Turn pike
Delare County, & I shall get it immediately. With the
greatest esteem I am your humble Servt
RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). Postmarked 19 Dec. at Philadelphia. Cover docketed by JM: “Decr. 10. 1814.” Undated; dated 10 Dec. 1813 in the Index to the James Madison Papers; conjectural date assigned here based on the postmark and comparison with Jones to JM, 10 Dec. 1813.