James Madison Papers

To James Madison from David Lenox, 10 March 1802 (Abstract)

§ From David Lenox

10 March 1802, London. Acknowledges receipt of JM’s 1 Jan. letter in answer to his of 12 Oct. 18011 requesting the president’s permission to return to the U.S. “I had with you anticipated the discharge of all Seamen claiming protection as American Citizens on Peace taking place, … under the idea that as Men would not be wanted for the Navy, this Government would prefer discharging those who might be supposed most dissatisfied with the Service, but in this I have been disappointed.” Encloses copies of his correspondence with the Admiralty on the subject. Although impressments have ceased, applications continue to be made from seamen on ships arriving from foreign nations, “& since my last return, to the 1st. Insta⟨nt⟩ they Amount to ninety five.” Also encloses a list of “the cases of Seamen where proof’s have been transmitted from the Department of State, unanswered at the date of my last Return, as well as … those cases where proof has since been received.” Definitive treaty has not yet been signed. Plans to embark for the U.S. in May; will “on my arrival repair to the seat of Government.”

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