§ From Tench Coxe
5 September 1804, Purveyor’s Office. “I have the honor to inform you that I have shipt to Governor Claiborne a case containing the remainder of the sets of the laws for the use of his Government.1 The Number was 39. I have recd. his acknowledgement of the former parcel. There are 113 sets preparing for Washington, being printed and bound. When they go I will forward a Note of the whole, with such additional information as may give a regular evidence of the course and details of the Business. The Brig Natchez took the late shipment to N. Orleans.” Adds in a postscript: “The enclosed letter for Col. Cocke is upon public business, which induces me to take the liberty to inclose it with a request, that you will be so good as to have the direction completed, and the letter sent, with your own to the post office. I presume the address of the Members of Congress is left, as was formerly the case, in the office.”
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1. For the earlier shipment and Claiborne’s acknowledgment, see Coxe to Claiborne, 19 May 1804, and Claiborne to Coxe, 13 July 1804, printed in Rowland, Claiborne Letter Books description begins Dunbar Rowland, ed., Official Letter Books of W. C. C. Claiborne, 1801–1816 (6 vols.; Jackson, Miss., 1917). description ends , 2:238–39, 247. For JM’s original orders regarding shipment of the laws to Louisiana, see JM to Coxe, 8 May 1804, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 7:189–90.