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To James Madison from Richard Söderström, 18 March 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Richard Söderström

18 March 1802, Washington. “As I am fully convinced that acting only as agent agreeable to power of Attorney for an Individual, and not in any publick Capacity I have no Claim to any determination from, or right to make any direct application to the Executive, and less in consequence of the obliging informations you have both in writing and Verbell given me; which is, that when the Court of the United States have given their final Decree in any Case, the Claimer must petition Congress for the money, when no appropriation is made.1 In consequence of this, and of what you told me yesterday, which confirmed the above, that application for such payments must be made to Congress, I have therefore prepared a petition which I intend to have presented to Congress to day, and of which I have the Honor to inclose you a Copy.”2

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