James Madison Papers

James Madison to William H. Crawford, 1 October 1824

Ocr. 1. 1824

I return by Mr. Cutts the volume of the Hist: Gen: de la Diplo. France, having waited for such a conveyance, on the supposition that the delay would produce no inconvenience. The acct given in the work of the Mission of Rayneval to England, accords with his explanation, of it to Mr. Monroe as I recollect them. The view taken of it by Mr. Jay, if the true one, is certainly not in itself the most probable. That the British Cabinet should seek to divide France & the U. States, is more to be conceived, than that the French Cabinet should furnish the means by a confidence so likely to be turned agst. it. To have a full understanding of the matter an authentic disclosure from the British quarter is wanted. The result whatever may have been the object of the other parties, was fortunate for the U. S.

We learn with great pleasure, that your tedious indisposition has terminated in a decided recovery of your health. To that happiness we wish every other may be added offering at the same time our united respects & regards to Mrs. C. without forgetting what is due to Miss Caroline.

J. M

P. S. On turning to yr letter which accompanyed the French Vol. & my answer, I observe that the latter in bearing testimony to the fact that your Mission to France was not of your seeking, did not express that it was not un<der> the seal of confidence. I hope it was rightly understood as not meant to be witheld from any use, that truth & justice might be thought to require

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