James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Charles Pinckney, 1 December 1802

To Charles Pinckney

Department of State Washington
1st Decr. 1802


Capt. Eldred, by whom I forwarded my dispatches of the 25th of Octr. having imposed himself as a citizen of the United States, I gave him the recommendatory letter;1 styling him such, which he has doubtless presented to you. Since then it is discovered that very strong presumptions, if not positive proof, indicate him to be a British subject, tho’ born in Rhode Island. The letters from the records of this Department, of which copies are inclosed, will present you with the necessary details respecting his allegiance, and will evince to you, that it is the point on which the success of his claim chiefly depends.2 With great respect & Esteem &c &c &c

James Madison

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