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To James Madison from Richard Rush, 3 December 1814

From Richard Rush

Washington Dec. 3. 1814.

R. Rush has the honor to enclose to the President,

1. A letter from the governor of Louisiana recommending, in relation to the pirates of Barataria, that a few of the more hardened offenders only should be prosecuted, and the conduct of the rest overlooked.1

2. Another letter from the same, recommending Mr Duplessis as collector of New Orleans, in the room of Mr Dubourg, whose resignation is supposed to have been given in.2

RC (PHi: Richard Rush Papers). For surviving enclosure, see n. 1.

1William C. C. Claiborne to Rush, 30 Oct. 1814 (Rowland, Claiborne Letter Books, 6:300–302).

2The enclosure has not been found, but JM nominated Peter L. B. Duplessis for the position on 8 Dec. 1814, and the Senate confirmed the appointment two days later (Senate Exec. Proceedings, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends 2:589–91).

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