George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Madison, 22 October 1785

To James Madison

Mount Vernon Oct 22nd 1785

Dear Sir

I thank you for the perusal of the enclosed reports—Mr Jay seems to have laboured the point respecting the Convention.1

If any thing should occur that is interesting, & your leizure will permit it, I should be glad to hear from you on the subject;

Printed in Henkels catalog no. 694, item 30, 6–7 Dec. 1892; copy, MH: Jared Sparks Collection.

1The editors of the Madison Papers (8:380–81) speculate that Madison either left the “reports” at Mount Vernon on 14 Oct. or forwarded them in a lost letter of c.16 October. The enclosures, which have not been found, undoubtedly were two of John Jay’s reports to Congress, one of 4 July 1785 “respecting french and american Consuls” and the other of 19 Sept. 1785 “respecting the number of Consuls necessary to be appointed and for what foreign Ports” (JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 29:500–515, 722–24). GW’s letter to Madison of 29 Oct. supports this supposition. Both of Jay’s reports had been printed in New York.

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