James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Rufus King, 10 May 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Rufus King

10 May 1803, London. No. 97. “Upon farther search several Trunks of Papers respecting West Florida have been discovered,1 and upon my application orders were immediately given to deliver them to me. I have annexed Copies of the application, and Answer, in order that the manner may appear in which these Documents came into our possession.2

“I am told by the Clerk who found them that there are amongst the Papers several Books containing Minutes of Grants and Surveys of Land, and I am in hopes these may be the Records of the Surveyor Generals Office.

“I have sent the Trunks to Mr. Erving the Consul, with directions to have them forwarded to you by the first Vessel bound to Alexandria or Baltimore.

“I likewise annex Copies of my Letter to Lord Hawkesbury, and of his Answer, respecting the Entry of American Vessels coming from New Orleans.3 The proposed provision will obviate the difficulties to remove which it has hitherto been requisite to incur the delay and Expense of an application to the privy Council.”

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