James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Rufus King, 5 August 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Rufus King

5 August 1802, London. Suggests that if the president consents to his return to the U.S., the same public ship could bring his successor and return King home. Realizes it is unlikely a frigate from the Mediterranean would be convenient, since “coming from that Quarter she might be liable to perform Quarantine which would occasion a long detention, as well as great Expense.” Requests to be informed as soon as possible of the president’s decision so that he might make arrangements to decrease his baggage if a public ship cannot be made available.1 Also requests that Nicholas Low2 of New York be notified so that if necessary “he may execute a Provisional Order I have given him, to prepare and send from New York a Vessel to carry me and my family home.” In a postscript asks to be allowed to bring home “a few Sheep of the Breeds most esteemed here” and his carriage horses if a public vessel is sent.

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