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From James Madison to Albert Gallatin, 15 February 1804

To Albert Gallatin

Department of State. February 15th. 1804.


The Convention with Spain of the 11th. August 1802, being ratified by the President, I have the honor to enclose an estimate, for a year, of the expense necessary for carrying it into effect, as far as relates to the Board of Commissioners to be organized in virtue thereof, at Madrid, including the compensation of a Secretary, Clerks and an Agent for the United States &c.1 Should any adjudications of money to be paid by the United States to Spanish claimants under the Convention, be likely to be made, they will form the subject of a future estimate: but at present I am possessed of no information to warrant a provision for such a contingency. On the presumption that no hesitation will be made on the part of Spain to effectuate the Convention by adding her ratification, I request you to be pleased to give the present estimate such a course as may connect it with the estimates for the service of the current year, when they shall claim the consideration of the Legislature. I am &c.

James Madison.

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