Washington April 14. 1815.
I return you Mr Jefferson’s letters, having shown them to Mr Dallas.
I enclose some Letters from Mr Pinkney in one of which he is joined by Mr. Nicholson. As the communication is of a delicate nature, I do not wish them to be returned here till about thursday next, as I leave town to morrow for Loudoun & may not get back till wednesday evening. When returned, note, them as private. I see nothing to prevent the proposed trip, and it is important to my private concerns, & will be useful to my health. On my return I shall close the business of instructions for Algiers, Mr. Eustis & Mr Adams, and then, if Mrs Monroe’s health is perfectly restord, proceed by Richmond to Albemarle. Respectfully your friend
Genl. Ripley is hear, dissatisfied with the dismission of the Ct. of Enquiry in his case. He says that the investigation would have given an entire different view of the action which produced it, in regard to his conduct, and to that of Genl. Brown. That the letter of the latter, was written, at a time when he expected the army, then under the command of the former, would have been lost, and was intended by impeaching his credit, to pin on him the blame, which was due to the writer.
I told Ripley that it had been intended to brevet him on repealing or rather recalling the order for holding the ct. of enquiry that my removal from the dept. of War, & your absence had prevented it. I will write you further on this subject to night.
DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.