James Madison Papers

To James Madison from David Lenox, 15 September 1801 (Abstract)

§ From David Lenox

15 September 1801, London. Acknowledges receipt of JM’s July letter.1 Encloses in response a recapitulation of all abstracts he has transmitted to State Department.2 Asserts the impossibility of discriminating between natural-born and naturalized American citizens. No one will admit to foreign birth as that would require proof of residence in America prior to 1783, which is not always possible to obtain. Willingly obeys instructions but points out that had department clerks remembered his regularly transmitted reports, it would not have been necessary for JM to wait for his reply.

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