James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Chandler, 18 October 1813

From John Chandler

NewPort 18th. Octr 1813


Yours of the 20th. ultimo by Mr Graham has been recd. Stateing that every thing that this government could do to facilitate the recovery of my Slaves Should be done.1

It certainly is my wish to go to Burmuda or Hallifax in pursuit of them if there is the smallest prosspect of obtaining them, and I am led to believe ⟨t⟩hat if I could see them, and they were permited to return, that I should find no difficulty in regaining them.

You Say there is no cartel going to Burmuda, but that if I wish to go there, I shall have a passport for the purpose. I am not in a Situation to charter a vessel for the purpose of Carrying me there, unless permited to take something only to defray my exspences, because a vessel would cost more than I am able to pay. If you think it right to allow me this preveledge I hope you will inform as soon as Convenient, or any way that I could go at a small exspense would be desireable, if I am permited to go after those Slaves please inform me what steps are to be taken, and I will vissit the City for the purpose of geting such Instruction as you think necessary. I pray that I may hear from you by Next male. Yr. Obt Hbl Servt

Jno Chandler

RC (DNA: RG 59, ML). Docketed by JM and also by Monroe, with his note: “To be informd that he may go to Halifax by the cartel.”

1John Graham’s letter to Chandler has not been found, but Graham informed John Mason on 30 Sept. 1813 that he planned to send Chandler a letter based on “Mr Monroe’s Memo” and Mason’s comments (DNA: RG 59, War of 1812 Papers, Correspondence regarding Passports). For the likely contents of Monroe’s memo, see JM to Monroe, 18 Sept. 1813.

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