James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Ebenezer Stevens, 28 May 1802

From Ebenezer Stevens

New York 28th. May 1802


I am favor’d with your respects of 24 Inst. respecting the proposition made by Mr. Kingston, of referring the business of Demurrage for the Ship Peace & Plenty, to Arbitrators of persons residing in Philadelphia.1

I think that it would be more proper, to have the business adjusted in this place, and that the public Interest, would be more benefited thereby, as I am knowing to the Circumstances, more than indifferent persons can be.

Should you coincide with me in opinion, I must request you will authorise me to settle the business. I will then make a settlement wth. him, on the best terms in my power.

Permit me to observe that the American Consul at Tunis deliverd to Capt Laughton of the Ship Grand Turk, a Cable, for the ship’s use which belong’d to the United States, & I think that the Owners of the Ship, ought to account for it at the value of the same at the port of Tunis. As Mr. Stuart will shortly bring in a Claim, again⟨st⟩ the United states, on acct. of detention of the Shi⟨p,⟩ I take the liberty of requesting your advice, wheth⟨er⟩ I must charge him for the aforesaid Cable.2 I have the Honor to be Sir with great respect Your Obdt Servt.

Ebenr Stevens.

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