Madison Papers, Vol. XLIII, No. 22.""
Northumberland October 4 1811"
About two years ago, I requested you to procure
for me, by means of Gen. Armstrong, or Mr. Warden, some
books on Chemistry and Mineralogy, which the irregular-
ity of intercourse between this Country and France,"
prevented me from obtaining. You were so kind as to
write on the subject to Paris and directed the amount
of what might cost, to be paid by one or other
of the Gentlemen on your credit.
From Gen. Armstrong or Mr. Warden, I have never
received one line of communication. About two months
ago, I heard accidentally that Mr. Duane Editor of the
Aurora, had received from France some books correspond-
ing to the List I took the Liberty of sending to you."
I stated the case (your kind interference, and the titles
of the Books I had sent for) in a note to my friend Dr."
Armstrong, with a request he would transmit it to his
brother the General. He did so. But hitherto neither
he or I, have received a line of answer.
Under these circumstances, I have taken the Lib-
erty of writing to you, lost the books may have been
mistakenly sent to a wrong destination, and you charged