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To James Madison from Richard Dinmore, 9 March 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Richard Dinmore

9 March 1803, Alexandria. Cannot suppose that the appended abstract of a friend’s letter1 will afford JM any information, but hopes the possibility that it may will excuse “this obtrusion.” The facts are such as he does not feel warranted in publishing in the Expositor,2 but he very much wishes them to be known by the proper government officers. As it has been his “desire rather to allay than aggravate the national ferment,” flatters himself JM will believe his letter is dictated by zeal for U.S. welfare rather than by an “impertinent desire” to force himself on JM’s notice.

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