James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Charles Simms, 14 June 1802

From Charles Simms

Alexandria June 14th. 1802


I have receivd a letter from Mr. Danl Brent requesting me to give you information respecting the conviction of Elihu Marchant.1

I was not present at his Trial nor have I ever seen the Information or Indictment against him, and therefore cannot precisely state his offence—but I beleive the charge against him was in substance, for clandestinely and fraudulently runing away with the Brig Ranger a Brittish privateer of which he was the first Lieutenant, of which offence he was convicted in the circuit Court for the District of Virginia in the October Term 1800, and was sentenced to Two years Imprisonment—and to the payment of a fine of Two hundred dollars. I am very sincerely and respectfully Yr. Obedt Servt.

Ch: Simms

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