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To James Madison from Louis-André Pichon, 29 December 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Louis-André Pichon

29 December 1802, Georgetown. Transmits a regulation of the French government, which JM will judge useful to make known to American business, relative to the admission of American ships into France during the season in which yellow fever exists in American ports.1 Also sends an extract of a letter that the minister of marine has written which will show JM that errors thought to have slipped into a public circular letter on the subject do not exist in the original.2 The measures the French government has taken are to prevent inconvenience that could result from a lack of universal and compulsory regulation of bills of health without uselessly restricting American commerce. Has before informed JM he believed himself obliged to recommend these measures very strongly to his government and notes that these measures will cease the moment the U.S. adopts a system of bills of health.

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