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From James Madison to the Senate, 15 June 1809

To the Senate

June 15. 1809

To the Senate of the United States

In compliance with the Resolution of the Senate of the 13th instant,1 I transmit extracts from letters from Mr. Pinkney to the Secretary of State, accompanied by letters and communications to him, from the British Secretary of State for the Foreign Department; all of which have been received here since the last Session of Congress.

To these Documents are added a communication just made by Mr. Erskine to the Secretary of State, and his answer.2

James Madison

RC and enclosures (DNA: RG 46, Legislative Proceedings). Received, read, and ordered to be printed on 16 June (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 11th Cong., 1st sess., 37). Enclosures printed in ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Foreign Relations, 3:239–41, 297.

1The resolution requested the president to send the Senate “such information in relation to our concerns with Great Britain, as may be in possession of the Department of State, as he may think it expedient to submit” (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 11th Cong., 1st sess., 35).

2A clerk (or editor) placed an asterisk here and wrote below JM’s signature: “*These Docts are annexed to those communicated the 23d May 1808 [1809].” Printed in ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Foreign Relations, 3:221 n., the notation refers to an exchange of letters between Erskine and Robert Smith on 15 June 1809.

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