James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Samuel S. Hamilton, 26 November 1805 (Abstract)

From Samuel S. Hamilton, 26 November 1805 (Abstract)

§ From Samuel S. Hamilton.1 26 November 1805. “Mr. Madison borrowed of the Library of Congress

“The Annual Register for the Years 1758, 1759, 1778, 1779–1784 and 1797.

“Grotius Puffendorf and Sir William Temple’s Works.2

“Which he is respectfully requested to return before the meeting of Congress.”

RC (DLC). 1 p.; signed by Hamilton “for John Beckley Librarian.”

1Samuel S. Hamilton (ca. 1783–1832) was a clerk in the War Department by 1816. In 1830 he was named superintendent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Mark Grossman, The ABC-CLIO Companion to the Native American Rights Movement [Santa Barbara, Calif., 1996], 148; ASP, Miscellaneous, 2:309; Rhode Island American, Statesman and Providence Gazette, 10 Sept. 1830).

2Filed in JM’s papers in the Rives Collection at the Library of Congress is a four-page extract in an unidentified hand, except for JM’s date and names of writer and recipient, of a letter from Sir William Temple to Sir Joseph Williamson, dated 6 Nov. 1674, describing his treaty negotiations with Holland, in which he argued the British position that free ships make free goods. JM later cited the correspondence in the pamphlet he was writing in late 1805 (The Works of Sir William Temple, Bart. [4 vols.; London, 1770], 4:55–57; [Madison], Examination of the British Doctrine [Shaw and Shoemaker 10776], 57–59 and n. [1]).

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