From James Madison
Sep. 1. 1802
The mail not having returned from Milton when my messenger left the Court House on monday evening, & it having been inconvenient to send thither at any time since, I can not now acknowledge any favor which may have come from you since my last. Among the letters inclosed is one from Higginson seconding the application from Philada. for your patronage to a demand on the vice Govt of the La plata provinces. The measure as proposed seems to be inadmissible on several grounds; but I shall be glad to have your sanction if you think it proper, to a refusal.
Yours with respectful attachment
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the U. States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the State Department at Orange Court House on 2 Sep. and “La Plata” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Stephen Higginson, Sr., and others to Madison, 11 Aug., not found (see Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 33 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 1986–, 9 vols.; Pres. Ser., 1984–, 6 vols.; Ret. Ser., 2009–, 1 vol. description ends ., 3:530n). Other enclosures not identified.
VICE GOVT: Joaquín del Pino was viceroy of the Spanish viceroyalty of Río de LA PLATA, which had its capital at Buenos Aires (Susan Migden Socolow, The Bureaucrats of Buenos Aires, 1769–1810: Amor al Real Servicio [Durham, N.C., 1987], 2, 13–14).