James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 28 May 1806

Washington May 28. 1806

Dear Sir

The last mail brought me yours enclosing the letters to you from P. Edwards & Mr. Gallatin, which I retain for your return. The supplemental instruction to it. & Bowdoin had not escaped attention.

Subpoenas have this day been served on Genl. Dearborn, Mr. Smith & myself. The absence of Mr. Gallatin postpones the service on him. Mr. Wagner, Docr. Thornton, & Mr. Duncanson, & Mr. Readley of Vermont, are also on the list of Witnesses, brought by the Messenger, and either have been or will be summoned. It is perhaps not unfortunate that so aggregate a blow has been aimed at the administration, as it places in a stronger view the malice of the proceeding and the inconvenience to the public business which would result from an attendance of all the heads of Dept. Still I find a strong impression existing that the attendance is inevitable. Yrs. &c.

J. Madison

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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