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To James Madison from Abraham Van Bibber (Abstract), 8 May 1805

§ From Abraham Van Bibber

8 May 1805, Baltimore. “It has been some time since I had the Honour of hearing from you respecting the unfortunate Brig Neptune1 the News Papers tell us that the Spanish Government disclaim Any right to pay the United States & as the Case of the Brig Neptune was in charge to the Ministers to both Courts, I am in hopes you have had satisfactory Accots. from France respecting the American claim, be so good as to inform me of this subject, I am very Anxious to Know what the prospects are when restitution may be expected &c.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, ML). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner.

1See JM to Van Bibber, 26 Dec. 1804, PJM-SS, description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 8:424.

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