Washington May 17th. 1806.
Mr Merry presents his Respects to Mr Madison. The Note, of this Date, with which Mr Madison has been pleased to honor Mr Merry did not reach him till after Four oClock this Afternoon, when there was no longer Time for him to prepare any Communications, for the Conveyance of which he might otherwise have been glad to have availed himself of Mr Madison’s offer, so as that they might reach the Department of State by Six oClock; and Mr Merry having received no other Intimation respecting Mr Pinckney’s Departure than those which he derived on the Day when he had the Honor of meeting that Gentleman at the Department of State, from which he had flattered himself that he should have enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing him again before he set out for England, he conceived from it that he should have had Time to have profited by that Opportunity of writing to his Government. It is true that Mr Merry has heard privately within these Two or Three Days that Mr Pinckney had come back to Washington and returned to Baltimore; whence, it was said, that he was to embark immediately for England.
DNA: RG 59-NFL-Notes from Foreign Legations, Great Britain.