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To James Madison from John and Isaac Laurence and Others, 14 January 1803 (Abstract)

§ From John and Isaac Laurence and Others

14 January 1803, New York. “On the 20th Jany. last1 we stated to you the circumstances respecting the capture of the schooner Nymph … by a Spanish Privateer & enclosed you copy of T. Pickering Esqrs. letter of the 24th Jany. 1800 & J. Marshall Esqrs. of the 8th. Feby 1801, on the subject, since which we were favored with your letter of the 26th Jany last2 informing us that the Subject of Spanish captures had been committed to … Mr. Pinckney, who was instructed to press for compensation. A considerable time having elapsed, without having received further information we again take the liberty of soliciting your attention … & the favour of you to inform us whether there is a probability that any measures will speedily be pursued relative thereto & … as to what may be necessary to be done on our part.”3

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