James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Samuel Chase, [12] February 1802

To Samuel Chase

Washington Feby. 13. [12] 18021


I have duly recd. your letter of the 10th. instant. At the date of the letter from Mr. King prior to his last on the subject of the negociation on foot with the British Govt. every point had been settled & nothing remained to be done but to sign the instrument. His last letters to Novr 5. shew that a sudden & very unexpected hesitation on the part of the British Ministers, had suspended the completion of the work, and thrown an uncertainty over the sequel of the negociation. The obstacle particularly applied to the Maryland claim of Bank Stock, indicated an idea of replacing the subject under forensic, instead of leaving it to be settled, by diplomatic discussion.2 With due consideration I have the honor to be Sir your most obt. hbl set.

James Madison

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