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From James Madison to Congress, 15 January 1812 (Abstract)

§ To Congress

15 January 1812. Transmits an account of the contingent expenses of the government incurred in 1811 in taking possession of “the territory limited Eastwardly by the River Perdido” and amounting to $3,396.

RC and enclosure, two copies (DNA: RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1; and DNA: RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 12A-E2). Each RC 1 p.; in the hand of Edward Coles, signed by JM. Enclosure (2 pp.) is a statement of the warrants drawn on the contingent fund by order of the president on 23 Feb. and 7 Mar. 1811. Four of the warrants, totaling $3,300, were drawn in favor of Orleans territorial governor William C. C. Claiborne; one warrant for $96 was drawn in favor of Mississippi territorial governor David Holmes. A balance of $16,844.72 remained in the contingent fund.

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