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From James Madison to Albert Gallatin, 9 November 1802 (Abstract)

§ To Albert Gallatin

9 November 1802, Department of State. “In answer to your letter of the 3d. instant on the subject of Mr. Shorts accounts, the enclosed extracts will shew it to have been already decided by the opinion of this Department, that the United States were responsible to Mr. Short, in the case which you state; notwithstanding the credit claimed by Mr. Randolph in the suit of the United States depending against him.”1

“The circumstances of the case appear to me to make it a reasonable exception to the rule which disallows interest at the Treasury; and there is satisfactory evidence that was considered and admitted by our predecessors as fairly due to Mr. Short.”

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