James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Joseph H. Nicholson, 19 November 1803

To Joseph H. Nicholson


Novr. 19. 1803

Dear Sir

Your request of the naval force of Morocco was sent you this morning.1 I now enclose a list of impressments.2 You will please to understand that this is not officially done, and in expectation that no official use will be made of either; the regular course requiring that information should be furnished by a call of ⟨Congres⟩s on the Presidt.3 I will take occasion to talk with you on this subject generally. At present I suggest only that it is particularly proper that the business of impressments should be deemed too important to ⟨be⟩ managed in any subordinate or irregular way. Yrs respectfully

James Madison

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