James Madison Papers

Circular Letter to Collectors of Customs, 22 June 1801

Circular Letter to the Collectors of Customs

Department of State—Washington,
June 22d 1801


After the receipt of this letter, you will issue no commission to any private armed vessel of the United States, but without delay return to me all such blank Commissions and the blank instructions adapted to them, which may remain in your hands, as well as all such Commissions and instructions as may have been surrendered to you, and all the original applications for those issued, and which you shall not have before returned. I am very respectfully, Sir, Your most Obt Sert.

James Madison

Circular to the Collectors of
the Customs who were appointed
to issue commissions to private
armed vessels

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