James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Charles Willing Hare, 7 June 1802

To Charles Willing Hare

Department of State Washington
June 7th. 1802.


I have recd. your letter of May 10th. 1802.1 and communicated its contents to the President, as the case of Mr. Bingham has been laid before Congress and has been postponed only not discussed, it is thought not proper that the Executive, should under such circumstances, interpose any decision or instructions in relation to it.2 In answer to your enquiry therefore whether if a comprimise should now be effected, Mr. Bingham’s claim on the Government would be thereby impaired or destroyed, I cannot go farther than to express my belief that in the event of the case being left to the decision of the Executive, a compromise, with the guardian of Mr. Bingham’s interests with the adverse party would not be made a bar to any claim against the United States which would otherwise be admitted. I am respectfully &ca.

James Madison

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