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To James Madison from Robert R. Livingston, 19 August 1802

From Robert R. Livingston

No. 21

Paris 19 August 1802

Dear Sir,

I write in haste in hopes that this may overtake Mr. Lyle and correct an error in my last. Notwithstanding the appointment of Genl Victor & several other officers for Louisiana, among others a Compt[r]oller of the forests, no Prefet is yet appointed—nor is the difference relative to the Floridas settled. Spain insists that they are not ceded and I have certain information that two days ago the minister of marine wrote to the minister of foreign affairs that without the Floridas there could be no Louisiana. Nothing shall be neglected on my part to keep up this difference for while it lasts there will I believe be no expedition and time and change may work in our favor. I am, Dear Sir, with the most perfect esteem Your Mo He. St.

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