James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Daniel Clark, 10 February 1804

To Daniel Clark


Washington. Feby 10, 1804.

Dear Sir,

The inclosed letter was sent to me by Mrs Clark,1 with a request that it might be forwarded to you.

I take this occasion of congratulating you on the successful termination of the measures for placing Louisiana in our hands, and of repeating my acknowledgments for the active and useful services which you have rendered on the occasion. The Bill providing a government for this acquisition has not yet passed thro’ Congress. The novelty of the circumstances, added to the nature of the subject, has given rise to an unusual diversity of opinions and length of discussion.

The papers which you were so good as to transfer into my hands from those of Mr. Morton, of New York, remain subject to your orders.2 Shall I forward them to you, & how? Or is there any other disposition of them that would be preferred by you. I remain, Sir, with much esteem, Your Obedt. srvt.,

James Madison.

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