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To James Madison from Thomas Newton, Jr., 29 November 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Thomas Newton, Jr.

29 November 1803, Washington. Introduces “Mr. George Lynham, a Merchant of Norfolk.”1 “This Gentleman has suffered considerably from French and English spoliations and is anxious to obtain redress. He is desirous of consulting you on a subject all interesting to himself and his standing as a Merchant. I have long been in habits of the strictest intimacy with him and know him to be a man of worth, integrity and probity. I feel myself highly interested in his welfare. His losses have been great and his last hope for redress rests on the opinion you will please to give him on the case he will do himself the honor of submitting to your consideration. I pray you to pardon this trespass on your patience. Misfortunes, such as Mr. Lynham’s claim attention, and my humble services could not be refused, without doing violence to that friendship which has long united us. Mr. Lynham has uniformly been a decided republican and if I mistake not has been hardly dealt with for his political principles.”2

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