James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Alexander J. Dallas, 13 July 1815

Washington July 13. 1815

Dear Sir

That no erronious impression might be left on Majr. O. C. by the conversation of Capt: Graham, the latter has taken occasion to let him understand, that the contents of his letter to you had been mentioned to me, and that the letter itself had been deposited in the War Office. It is truly vexatious, to have a moment thrown away on such incidents. This importunate suitor for office; appears to be reconciled to his present disappointment, by his hope of better fortune hereafter. A captaincy in the line, will probably be very acceptable; and I am not desirous that he should be excluded from a fair chance of obtaining one; notwithstanding the exceptionable manner in which he has pursued his object.

Written information from Bourdeaux, of June 2d. & printed from Paris of May 29. have been recd. here, by the Spartan. Both concur in representing the preparations & prospects of France, as flattering to Napoleon. The accts. through those channels from England, are not later than, I observe, are brought by a late arrival at N. York. Affece. respects

James Madison


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