James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Edward Livingston, 25 March 1805

To Edward Livingston

Department of State 25 March 1805


Viewing the memorial of Baron Bastrop as in every light a private claim, it would not have been consistent with usage to transmit it officially to Congress. The documents, accompanying your letter of the 2nd. ult.1 which is just received, sh<all> however be put into the hands of any gentleman you may be pleased to designate, at the next session. I am, Sir, very respectfully Your most obed. servt.

James Madison

RC (NjP: Edward Livingston Papers); letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). RC in Wagner’s hand, signed by JM; franked by Henry Dearborn; docketed by Livingston. Damaged by removal of seal. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted.

1Livingston’s letter has not been found, but it and the enclosed documents, dealing with a claim of Philip Hendrik Nering Bögel, Baron de Bastrop for compensation for Indian trading rights of which he had been deprived, were presumably those that were transmitted to William Lattimore by JM on 2 Jan. 1806 and presented to the House of Representatives on 3 Jan. 1806 (JM to Lattimore, 2 Jan. 1806 [DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 15]; Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1834–56). description ends , 9th Cong., 1st sess., 332).

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