James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elbridge Gerry, 5 July 1807

Cambridge 5th. July 1807

Dear Sir,

I received last evening, your obliging letter of the 27th. of June, with sundries enclosed for Mrs Blake, & the national intelligencer. She sailed on monday last, in company with General & Madam Darbeut of Martinique, persons of great respectability. The letters & passport shall be immediately delivered to Mr Blake, who undoubtedly will be highly gratified by the kind attention of the President, & of yourself to Mrs Blake, & be careful to send them by the first safe conveyance... The public curiosity has been on tiptoe, to see a denouement of the treasonable conspiracy which has been carried on, in the Mississippi territory. The political wound is now laid open, & ought to be probed to the bottom. ... The public indignation is universally excited by the repeated destruction of our unoffending seamen: if redress for the present, & prevention for the future, cannot be obtained, will not a state of warfare, be preferable to such a state of national insult & degradation? Accept my best wishes for your health & happiness. With great esteem & respect, yours sincerely

E. Gerry

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