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To James Madison from Louis-André Pichon, 28 November 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Louis-André Pichon

28 November 1803, Georgetown. Having had occasion to tell JM of the measures he has taken relative to the French ship Nancy that touched at Charleston lately1 with letters of marque, causing complaints from the port collector, now encloses extracts, numbered 1, 2, and 3, from his correspondence on the matter with the French commissary at Charleston.2 Enclosure no. 4 is an extract from a letter written to him by the commissary last summer relative to the arming of a British corsair at Charleston.3 Spoke with JM about this when they discussed the Nancy. At the same period the French frigate Poursuivante put into port at Charleston at the request of the French agent there. The American ship Cotton Planter, taken by the frigate as a prize on the high seas while engaged in commerce contrary to U.S. laws and unprovided with American papers, was in a situation that would have made its fate very uncertain if it had been taken into a French port. Since this fact is unlikely to have come to the knowledge of the president of the U.S., he believed the occasion proper for recalling it.

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