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To James Madison from Alexander James Dallas, 18 June 1816

18 June 1816.

Dear Sir,

Your instructions relative to Fort Harrison, and the reservation of the land in its neighborhood, have been carried into effect. I hope now to be able to put the business of the Cumberland road, as well as the business of the Survey of the coasts, into a course of execution, without troubling you again. The consultation on the Resolution of Congress, respecting the currency, will be attended to, as you desire.

The inclosed papers exhibit a general complaint against Mr. Duplessis, the Collector of New-Orleans, without specifying any fact of official delinquency. The Subject, however, seems to demand attention; and I propose referring it, confidentially, to Mr. Benj. Morgan and the District Attorney, for investigation and report. I will, also, write to Mr. Robertson, requesting his attention to the enquiry. The probability is, that the present calamitous state of New-Orleans, will disperse its inhabitants; but it is best to take the chance of a letter’s finding Mr. Robertson & Mr. Morgan at that place.

We have no news, foreign or domestic. I am, Dear Sir, most respectfully & faithfully, Yrs.

A.J. Dallas


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