James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Edwin Gray, 2 July 1802

From Edwin Gray

Jerusalem. 2d. July. 1802


I take the liberty to enclose to you at the request of the friends of Mr Benjamin Wood, a certificate of his being a Citizen of the United states.

Mr Wood states by letters recently received from him that he is at this time detained against his will onboard an English Ship of War, having been impressed into that service some time past. Presuming that he can be speedily released, thro’ your Official aid; and understanding that an application to the British Government, can not with propriety be made but thro’ the Secretary of State, I have taken the liberty to trouble you on this occasion, requesting the enclosed letter may be permitted to accompany such communication as you may think proper to send forward in behalf of the unfortunate young man.1 I have the honor to be sir, with sentiments of great respect Yr. Obt Sert

Edwin Gray2

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