Washington May 10th 1815.
I fear that it will not be in my power to have this for the present. Several of our friends have advised me not to do it, lest it might be injurious to us both. The reason is the unsettled state of Europe, & the suspension of some of the most important measures of the govt. in consequence. They say that the President & Secry of State ought not both to be absent at once, especially as there is no actual secry of war. I shall see the other Gentlemen to day, confer with them on the subject, & write you the result by next mail. with affecte respects
DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.