James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William Charles Coles Claiborne, 16 May 1807

Department of State, May 16th: 1807.


I have recd. a letter from Messrs: Winter & Harman inclosing a copy of their Memorial to you of Oct. last, with your answer, and claiming a permission to introduce into the Mississippi a ship with slaves which they expect from New Providence.

It being improper to discuss a claim of that sort with the Memorialists, if the grounds of it were less absurd and the stile less exceptionable, I request the favor of you to take occasion to repeat to them that the importation of slaves from a foreign port into the territory of Orleans is forbidden by law, and that if attempted the penalties will be inforced. I have the Honor &c.

DNA: RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.

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