James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Sharpe, 5 June 1801

From William Sharpe

Statesville Iredell County June 5th 1801


Soon after parting with you at Philadelphia in October 1781 I applied myself to the study and afterward to the practice of the Law. I have lately, in a great measure, declined public business.

I observe that by the sixty second Chapter of the first session of the sixth Congress, the President of the United States is authorised to defray the expence of holding a treaty or treaties with the Indians south of the river Ohio &c. In case the President should judge it expedient to carry that act into operation and think proper to appoint me one of the commissioners, I would execute the trust with pleasure.

Once I served as a commissioner from North Carolina with Colo. Preston and Christie from Virginia at the long Island on Holstien1 treating with the Cherokee’s in 1777—and have by me copies of, nearly, all the Indian treaties in America for upward of fifty years—therefore possess means of information on that subject beyond most of men.

A few lines from you would be highly gratifying. With great este[e]m and respect I am Sir Your most Obedient Humble Servant

Wm: Sharpe2

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