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To James Madison from James Wilkinson (Abstract), 7 April 1805

§ From James Wilkinson

7 April 1805, Washington. “I have been honored by your letter of the 22d ultimo [not found], and am highly flattered by the mark of Presidential confidence which it conveys to me,1 as well as by the obliging language in which you have been pleased to make the communication.

“I fear my incompetency to the able discharge of the interesting trust confided to me, but shall Endeavour to supply the defect, by zeal and assiduity.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, TP, Louisiana, vol. 1); draft (ICHi: James Wilkinson Papers). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Wilkinson; docketed by Wagner.

1For Wilkinson’s nomination, see Jefferson to JM, 11 Mar. 1805. Jefferson submitted the nomination for governor of Louisiana Territory to the Senate on 20 Dec. 1805 (Senate Exec. Proceedings, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1828). description ends 2:8–9).

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