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From James Madison to William C. C. Claiborne, 23 October 1804 (Abstract)

§ To William C. C. Claiborne

23 October 1804, Department of State. “I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your several letters of the 1st. 4th. two of the 30th. Augt.1 and 1st. Septr. last; and in order that you may perceive the sentiments of the Executive respecting the case of the British prize Brig Active, enclosed are transmitted to you copies of a letter from Mr. Merry, the Minister of Great Britain, on that subject, and of my answer.”2

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). 1 p.

1PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 7:547–48, 558–59, 560, 657, 658.

2The enclosures presumably were copies of Anthony Merry to JM, 12 Oct. 1804, and JM’s 19 Oct. 1804 reply, which has not been found (see Merry to JM, 12 Oct. 1804, n. 2).

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