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To James Madison from Samuel Vail, 15 February 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Samuel Vail

15 February 1802, Louisville. “I received this day a Circular from the Department of State1 direct to the Editor of the Republican Trumpet. Altho’ that is not the title of my Gazette, as there is no other printed in this Town2 I presume it was intended for me. I therefore take the liberty to inform you that I am willing to accept your proposals and shall publish the inclosed Law in my next paper & forward it to your department.

“I could wish to know if I am to expect copies of the Laws as they ⟨are⟩ passed from the Department of State, or to procure them thro’ the medium of other Newspapers.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters Received regarding Publishers of the Laws). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner. Damaged by removal of seal.

1PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 2:412.

2For the confusion of Vail’s town, Louisville, Kentucky, with Louisville, Georgia, see Vail to JM, 20 Dec. 1802 and 13 Feb. 1803, ibid., 4:209–10, 320.

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