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From James Madison to William Eustis, 30 August 1809

To William Eustis

Montpellier August 30. 1809

Dear Sir

Several considerations appearing to render it expedient that the Commander in Chief, now with the Army in the Territory of Orleans, should be at the Seat of Government, as soon as the prerequisites to his setting out, will permit, you will please to transmit him instructions to that effect.1

Should the correspondence between the Navy Dept. and Capt: Porter, not have been otherwise communicated to you, the inclosed copy of it will give information proper to be possessed by you. Accept my respects & best wishes.

James Madison

RC (MHi: Eustis Papers); draft (DLC). RC docketed by Eustis. Enclosure not found.

1JM was recalling Brig. Gen. James Wilkinson to face further investigation into his dealings with Aaron Burr and Spanish authorities.

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