James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Alexander J. Dallas, 13 August 1815

Aug. 13. 1815

Dear Sir

I have recd. yours of the 7th. inst: on the subject of the Seamen returning in distress. It is incumbent on the Executive to do every thing within its province for their relief. Your answer to the Mayor of N. Y. was entirely proper. He may be assured of the favorable dispositions of the Executive, and that a reimbursement of the advances of the Corperation will be recommended to Congress. The same assurance may be given in other cases calling for it. In the mean time, it will be proper to consider whether a provision for Seamen under such circumstances might not be covered by some of the existing appropriations. Be so good as to look into them with an eye to this question. If that for foreign intercourse, or for prisoners of War, be found inadequate or inapplicable, the Contingent fund of Govt. at least as far as it will go, can be legally resorted to on such an occasion. Affectionate respects

James Madison


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