From Louis-André Pichon
Tuesday. [29 June 1802]
Mr. Pichon with his respects returns Mr Madison the letter of the Attorney General which Mr M. was so kind as to communicate to Mr. P.1 Mr Pichon requests Mr Madison to forward to him an answer on that claim as soon as convenient as the claimants are very pressing on Mr. P.
RC (DNA: RG 59, NFL, France, vol. 1). 1 p. Undated; date assigned here on the basis of information in n. 1.
1. Pichon probably referred to Levi Lincoln to JM, 25 June 1802 (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 , 3:337–39), in which Lincoln stated that it was JM’s decision whether the government was responsible for the payment of the second half of the funds owing to the owners of the captured French ship Peggy. The first Tuesday following 25 June 1802 was 29 June. For the letters exchanged among JM, Pichon, Albert Gallatin, and Lincoln in the summer of 1802 concerning the Peggy, see ibid., 3:295, 305, 313–17, 396, 399–400, 437–38.