James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Jay, 17 August 1808

New York Augst. 17. 1808

Suspense, My Dear Sir, is generally unpleasant, sometimes very injurious. Allow me to remind you that when I found by your Letter that I was too late in my application for the vessel belonging to my Son in law and myself, to carry the 3d. government Dispatch to Europe, I immediately requested She might be employed to carry the 4th. Dispatch. Having since heard nothing from you to the contrary, and presuming that no person in the shipping Line had a better claim to the favor of government than myself, I have hitherto indulged and still flatter myself with the expectation of meeting with success. Besides the advantage of having a valuable Ship employed, instead of getting her bottom destroyed by worms in the river; and of having a convenient opportunity of sending my Son to the military school in Paris, I have a particular reason, at present, to request that you will be so good as to inform me, as soon as you can conveniently do it, whether I may rely on that Ship’s being employed by Governments for, the above purpose. With great esteem I remain Dear Sir Your Very humble Servt:

James Jay

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.

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