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From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 18 August 1802

To Thomas Jefferson

Orange Aug. 18. 1802

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 16th. came duly to hand with the papers to which it referred. I now forward others recd. by the last mail.

I have signified to Mr. Sumpter that his resignation was acquiesced in, and have used a language calculated to satisfy him that he retains the good opinion of the Executive.1 What is to be said to Mr. Livingston on his request that he may appt. a private Secretary, and fill provisionally consular vacancies? Considering the disposition of a Secretary of Legation, acting as private Secy. to view himself on the more important side, and of the Minister to view & use him on the other, it is to be apprehended, that there may be difficulty in finding a successor to Mr. Sumter who will not be likely to be infected with the same dissatisfaction. I am not aware that the other proposition of Mr. L. is founded in any reason claiming equal attention. Yours with respectful attachment

James Madison

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