Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Madison, 16 March 1806

Washington Mar. 16. 1806.

The reasons given by the Attorney General against the decision of the Louisiana Commissioners referred to in the President’s note of this date, appear to establish conclusively the illegality of that decision. Still as there are no circumstances justifying a presumption that the error had a corrupt source, and as it is sufficiently presumeable in my view that it would be corrected by the transmission of the reasons & opinion of the Attorney General, with the sanction of the President thereto. I deem that course preferable to an immediate removal of the Commissioners.

Respectfully by

James Madison

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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