James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Levi Lincoln, 13 June 1801

To Levi Lincoln

Washington June 13. 1801.

Dear Sir

I recollect that on your leaving us you took with you certain papers relating to a case in which Mr. Bingham1 was concerned, and the U. S. alledged to be involved, with a view of examining them in your domestic leisure. I have just recd. the inclosed letter from Mr. Otis2 on the same subject, and beg leave to trouble you with it for the same purpose.

Notwithstanding the budgets from abroad which arrive from time to time, they furnish nothing worth your notice, which the Newspapers do not obtain thro’ other channels, or informally from this department. Mr. King has sent us by Mr. Sitgreaves his negociations on the subject depending with the British Govt. It appears that no advance had been made since the change in the administration there. He is not sanguine, but hopeful of an advantageous issue. I think there is at least as much room for doubt as for hope. The next information from Russia & Egypt may assist in weighing the probabilities.

We learnt at the same moment your ill luck in losing your baggage, and your good luck in recovering it. With great truth I am Dear Sir your friend & hble servt.

James Madison

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