Sunday Feb. 1. 07.
Th: J. to Mr. Madison
The more I consider the letter of our Ministers in London the more seriously it impresses me. I believe the sine qua non we made is that of the nation, and that they would rather go on without a treaty than with one which does not settle this article. Under this dilemma, and at this stage of the business, had we not better take the advice of the Senate? I ask a meeting at 11. oclock tomorrow to consult on this question.
DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.