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From James Madison to John Cotton Smith, 1 April 1806 (Abstract)

To John Cotton Smith, 1 April 1806 (Abstract)

§ To John Cotton Smith. 1 April 1806, Department of State. “The enclosed memorial1 of Messrs. Nicklin & Griffith and others respecting the intervention of Genl. Armstrong in their claim in the case of the New Jersey, the documents received with it, the extract of the Genl’s. letter of the 26 Novr. last,2 also enclosed, together with a copy of a letter of the 25 August3 to him from this Department, contain everything, which I have to communicate in consequence of your request of the 11th. Ult. [not found]. The Memorial & its enclosures being too voluminous to be copied, and being therefore transmitted in original, I must request the favor of you to return them after the Committee have used them.”

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 15). 1 p.

1The enclosure has not been found, but see the Memorial of the Owners and Underwriters of the American Ship, the New Jersey (Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 10856); see also an examination and refutation of the memorial (ibid. 10378).

2PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (11 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 10:589–91.

3Ibid., 241–42.

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