James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Louis-André Pichon, 7 May 1801 (Abstract)

§ From Louis-André Pichon

7 May 1801, Georgetown. Requests exequatur from the president for the two commissions attached. Hopes to see JM the following day and to converse with him about two matters, one simple, the other confidential. The first regards the departure of La Sémillante, which ought to sail as soon as dispatches arrive.1 The second is the rank with which Lear will be sent to the colony of Saint-Domingue. The treaties of 1778 and the late convention indicate position the French government takes regarding this colony and its relationship to the U.S. The French government hopes that the form of the agencies in the colony would return to agreed limits, though their mutual usefulness is recognized currently. This change alone will suffice.2

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