James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Albert Gallatin, 24 July 1801

From Albert Gallatin

Treasy. Departt. July 24th 18⟨01⟩

The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to enclose an account presented by Mr Ellicot1 for the use of the instruments used in running the Southern boundary of the United States. This claim the Auditor does not think himself authorized to admit. Its propriety must depend on the manner in which the line was run, on the necessity of the apparatus for executing the business, and on the instructions or understanding on that subject at the time. The directions or opinion of the Secretary of State are respectfully requested.

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