James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Peter Van Ness, 12 May 1808

Washington May 12. 1808


I take the liberty of forwarding you the enclosed, which reached me by the last mail. The request of the Author, with whom you are acquainted, will, I hope, be my Apology for troubling you: and should you think proper to authorize, through me, any communications on the subject of the Appointment mentioned by Mr. D, I will with pleasure, on an intimation from you, make it.

Mrs. V. N. & myself hope the Ladies & yourself had a safe & pleasant excursion from this to your Country Residence, and offer our best respects; as well as our best wishes for the perfect restoration of your health.

From a NewYork Paper of last evening it appears that the cloud which has lately been hanging over the political horizon of that State is rather dissipating than otherwise. I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedt. & very hble. Servt.

John P. Van Ness

DLC: Papers of James Madison.

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