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From James Madison to Charles Pinckney, 10 November 1802

To Charles Pinckney

Washington, Department of State,
November 10th. 1802


I have received a letter from Thomas Davis,1 Arnold Welles2 and Peter C. Brooks3 requesting that an application may be made to the Spanish Government, thro’ the Minister of the United States at Madrid, to ascertain the reasons for detaining at Rio La Plata sundry vessels and cargoes.4 For a particular explanation of their object I refer to the letter itself, of which a copy is inclosed. You will please to cause the necessary enquiries to be made in these cases, and to communicate the result to this Department, for the information of the parties. I have the honor to be &c &c &c

James Madison

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