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Margaret Bayard Smith1803-07-08Samuel Harrison SmithNew York, NY40.7127837-74.0059413Perhaps this letter may reach you, if it does it will assure you of my participation in your satisfaction on the interesting event which has occurred. Your letter this morning induces me to believe that the whole of Louisiana is ceded, whereas my federal friends here will have it, that only the Island of New Orleans is given up. I have been sending about for the National Intelligencer, but could not find it. I long to see your enunciation of this matter and to ascertain what is true. Every one seems to rely on what you assert as the truth; but charge you with being silent on Mr. Livingston's merit in this affair, and your wishing to give the glory to Mr. Munroe, while on the contrary it is believed here that the latter had nothing to do with it. 2 Even Mr. Jefferson is supposed to have had little or no agency and this act on the part of the French is supposed to result from their war with Britain. It is said that when Mr. King expressed his uneasiness at the conduct of the Spanish intendant, the english ministry assured him he need be in no ways anxious, because war would soon take place, in which case the British would immediately take possession of Lous'na, and as they would be our neighbours and friends, we need have no apprehensions about the French. On this information, Mr. King wrote the same to Livingston who urged this to the French administration, as a motive for giving up that territory to us, thereby preventing their enemy from gaining such a valuable territory and such-- 41 --an accession of strength; this proved effectual and the whole transaction was settled before Munroe arrived. The first news of this event gave me great joy, as I had heard Mr. J's. conduct in preferring negotiation to invasion, brought as a new proof of timidity and when I had ventured to say it arose from love of peace, they quite laughed me to scorn, and said it was cowardice alone. I did not know the interest I felt in political concerns, until lately, and this event has given me such real satisfaction that were you to hear me, you would not again tax me with indifference. I have reserved all my political thoughts and observations for conversation. Your letter was quite interesting. I thought of you all day on the fourth of July and wished most heartily to be with you at the Presidents. I believe I feel more highly gratified by any mark of respect shown to you, than you can yourself. I felt very anxious to hear how you delivered the piece you speak of, and thought I should have trembled with anxiety had I been near you. Dear husband it is your modesty only, that could induce you to think it such a mark of confidence, to tell me that you were approved of. But let the motive be what it will, I entreat you ever to repose this kind of confidence in your wife, who feels far more gratified by every testimony of regard towards you, than those paid to herself. Never then, my best friend, conceal from me, what will give me more pleasure than anything else. Tomorrow week, I expect dearest husband to be again in your arms! Yes indeed we shall be happy. I pray you let nothing interfere to disappoint us. I feel a kind of dread about me, and your mentioning that you were not very well, makes me fear that illness may detain you. I yesterday purchased a certain cure for the ague for you. I shall come home with two or three infallable medicines and hope if I-- 42 --am with you, to prevent your suffering from this depressing disease. I did not half like the idea of your [illegible] but I will scold you when I see you, and my chiding will not be very severe. I have for more than a week past sung Julia to sleep with these words, "Papa is coming to bring Julia some cakes."