James Madison Papers

To James Madison from the Minister of the Interior of the French Republic, 10 October 1792 (Abstract)

From the Minister of the Interior
of the French Republic

Abstract. 10 October 1792, Paris. In accordance with the National Assembly’s decree of 9 Sept. 1792, Jean Marie Roland encloses a copy of the law of 26 Aug. offering French citizenship to seventeen foreigners, including three Americans: “à Georges Washington, à Jean Hamilton, à N. Maddisson.”1

RC and enclosure (NjMoHP). Printed one-page RC, in French, signed by Roland and addressed to JM. Printed three-page enclosure, in French, signed by Georges Jacques Danton. Identical copies of RC and enclosure are printed in Syrett and Cooke, Papers of Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and Jacob E. Cooke, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (26 vols.; New York, 1961–79). description ends , XII, 545–46 and n. 2.

1Hamilton and Madison were offered French citizenship “chiefly as authors of the Federalist, recently translated into French” (Palmer, Age of the Democratic Revolution, II, 55). The French edition of Le Fédéraliste (2 vols.; Paris, 1792) appears to be the first public acknowledgment of the authorship of “MM. Hamilton, Madisson et Gay [sic].”

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