James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Vanderhorst, 16 September 1806

Bristol Sepr. 16th. 1806.


I had the Honor of addressing a few lines ⟨to⟩ you on the 25th. Ulto. covering some News Papers Pr. the Ship Maine Capt. Rossiter Via New York.

The Harvest throughout this Island is now nearly ⟨o⟩ver and the Crops in general are, as I expected, good; but, Public affairs still continue to wear a very unsettled & ⟨d⟩oubtful aspect as you will Perceive by the enclosed papers ⟨to⟩ which I beg leave to refer you. It is therefore not easy ⟨to⟩ make any satisfactory calculation on them, but ⟨y⟩et I am not quite without hope that a general Peace ⟨is⟩ now at no great distance, though I confess, I am ⟨r⟩ather fearful that the Death of Mr. Fox may produce ⟨n⟩ew obstacles to an event so Desirable to every person ⟨of⟩ humanity. I have the Honor to be, with great ⟨re⟩spect Sir, Your most Obt. & Most Hble. Servt.

Elias Vanderhorst

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Bristol.

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