James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Richard Söderström, [27 October] 1801

To Richard Söderström

[27 October 1801]


In relation to the complaints you have preferred in several instances of capture and recapture of property alledged to be Danish, against the commanders of American public ships of War, it is my duty to inform you, that with the sincerest desire to avoid any thing which may procrastinate a decision, and under a just impression of the candor and liberality which your manner of acting would bring into the discussion, we are nevertheless restrained by the necessity of adhering to useful and established forms to consider the Minister resident of Denmark as the only proper organ of the Danish subjects, in making their reclamations.1 Whatsoever regards the solicitation of their business in a judicial form after principles are established with the government, may however be confided to your management by Mr Olsen with great propriety in the usual legal methods. In the meantime I beg you to be assured of the high respect with which I have the honor to be &c.

(signed)   James Madison

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