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To James Madison from Fulwar Skipwith, 7 April 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Fulwar Skipwith

7 April 1804, Paris. “Since closing my last Packet I have received from our Minister a Note, a Copy whereof I now annex,1 by which it appears he has appointed an Agent (a Mr. Hawkins) to perform certain official duties, and has thought proper, at the same time, to appropriate one half of the Salary that had been allowed me to the emolument of that Gentleman.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, CD, Paris, vol. 1). RC 1 p. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1At the foot and on the verso of the RC, Skipwith copied a note from Livingston of 4 Apr. 1804, in which Livingston had enclosed an order for Skipwith’s salary for the previous quarter and .commented that since the business of the prize agency was “now almost nothing, & the other ship business which you have declined very burthensome,” he had appointed a secretary for that business at $1,000 per year, adding that Skipwith should consider his annual salary reduced by that amount from the beginning of the current quarter.

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