James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Louis-André Pichon, 9 July 1803

To Louis-André Pichon

Department of State July 9th. 1803.


In addition to what I had the honor formerly to communicate to you, respecting the steps taken on the complaint against the Captain of the British frigate Boston, for an outrage committed, in Hampton Roads, upon the French vessel called the Ann,1 I have now to observe, that the material facts of the case having been ascertained thro’ the Collector at Norfolk, a representation has been made to the British Government,2 respecting it, from which ought to be expected both a proper animadversion upon the conduct of the Captain of the Boston in this instance, and preventive measures against the repetition of such acts of disrespect to the territorial sovereignty of the United States. I have the honor to be &ca.

James Madison.

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