James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Graham, 11 September 1809

From John Graham

Dept. of State 11th Sepr 1809.

Dear Sir

I was very much surprised this Morning when Mr Smith told me you had not received Genl. Turreau’s Letters—relating to a Vessel which is building at Baltimore, as he says “for the revolted Blacks of St Domingo”—for I was fully persuaded that I put them under Cover to you with the Laws of the last Session which you wrote for.1 I yet hope that this will turn out to be the case, for I cannot find them in the office and I have thought that possibly you might not have looked into that Cover when you wrote to Mr Smith. With perfect Respect & attachment I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Most Obt Sert.

John Graham


1Turreau’s letters to Robert Smith of 15 and 28 Aug. concerned a frigate allegedly built at Baltimore for an agent of the rebel leader Henri Christophe (DNA: RG 59, Notes from the French Legation).

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