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To James Madison from John Graham, 25 August 1809

From John Graham

Dept of State 25th Augt 1809.

Dear Sir

Mr Jones1 of the Treasury informed me yesterday that Mr Gallatin wished me to send to you or to himself, copies of the Letters written to Mr Pinkney in the beginning of Decr 1808, enclosing Mr Campbell Report on our foreign Relations,2 and also a copy of Mr Pinkneys Letter giving an account of his Interview with Canning between the 10th & 23d Jany 1809. In compliance with this wish, I have now the honor to send you Copies of several Letters written to Mr Pinkney about that time3—and also Mr Pinkneys Letter of the 23d Jany.4 As this Letter is a private one, and addressed to yourself I thought it most correct to send the original.

Inclosed you will find a Copy of a Resolution of the House of Representatives of the Mississippi Territory, which Mr Pointdexter has just sent here5—as he seems to think it important that you should act on it as soon as possible—I have thought that I should do right in sending you the Copy without loss of time.

As I presume you will have more leisure to look into Clarks Book6 while at Montpellier than on your return to the City, I send you by this days Mail a Copy which his friend Mr Coxe of Phia. sent here to be deposited in the Dept of State according to Law. With Sentiments of the most Respectful Attachment I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Most Obt Sert

John Graham

RC and enclosures (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). RC docketed by JM. For enclosures, see nn. 2, 3, and 4.

1Edward Jones was secretary to the commissioners of the sinking fund (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Finance, 2:404).

2JM to William Pinkney, public letter of 25 Nov. 1808 (clerk’s copy).

3JM to Pinkney, private letter of 9 Nov. 1808 (press copy of RC), public letters of 5 and 20 Dec. 1808 (clerks’ copies) and 3 Jan. 1809 (clerk’s copy; letterbook copy in DNA: RG 59, Diplomatic Instructions, All Countries, printed in Madison, Writings [Hunt ed.] description begins Gaillard Hunt, ed., The Writings of James Madison (9 vols.; New York, 1900–1910). description ends , 8:40–42).

4Pinkney to JM, private letter of 23 Jan. 1809 (duplicate; extract printed in ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Foreign Relations, 3:299–300).

5On 22 Aug. 1809 George Poindexter sent Robert Smith a list of the nominees for the Mississippi legislative council and his recommendations (Carter, Territorial Papers, Mississippi, 6:13–14).

6Daniel Clark, Proofs of the Corruption of Gen. James Wilkinson, and of His Connexion with Aaron Burr … (Philadelphia, 1809). Clark (ca. 1766–1813) had served as the delegate to Congress from the Orleans Territory, 1806–9 (BDC description begins Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1971 (Washington, 1971). description ends , p. 741).

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