Washington January 10, 1809
Since the conversation which passed between us yesterday respecting the office of Secretary at war, I have thought proper to submit to your consideration the enclosed correspondence; which for obvious reasons, has heretofore been withheld. The letters addressed to me may be considered as coming directly from the leading Clintonians in N. York; particularly the last, which was written at Albany after the arrival of Mr. DeWit Clinton & Judge Spencer at that place. I have since I saw you, heard of some letters from N. Yourk, which reachd this place within a day or two; having some bearing upon this subject; This circumstance has added to my inducements for laying these letters before you at this time. You will be able to make a just estimate of their contents &c Be pleased, Sir, to accept assurances of my affectionate regards &c.
Wm. B. Giles
My letters to General T. are the original rough drafts.
DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.