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From James Madison to Alexander James Dallas, 3 January 1806

Dear Sir Washington Jany. 3. 1805

I have been duly favored with yours of the 31. Decr. The latitude taken by the Marquis d’Yrujo under the indulgence concerned in towards him, by the arrangement at Madrid, and the continuance of his disposition to visit Washington, make it necessary that he should explicitly understand it to be the desire of the President that he should desist from Such a visit. Will you be so obliging therefore Sir as to signify this to him if he should not otherwise have changed his purpose, and to add that you are authorized to do so, if that should also be necessary. What may be a reasonable time for his return, is not at present decided on and must be influenced by circumstances such as the season of the year. But a construction, such as he puts on it is inadmissible. Repeating my apologies for imposing a task which I am aware can not be in itself agreeable. I remain Dr. Sir Yrs. very respectfully

James Madison


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