James Madison Papers

From James Madison to James Monroe, 20 March 1802

To James Monroe

Washington March 20. 1802

Dear Sir

I now return the letters to you from Mr. Purviance1 & Cambaceres,2 with an acknowledgment of those in which they were inclosed. The papers last recd. from you in relation to Mr. Skipwith will be of use in establishing one or two material points. His case has been a hard one, but it may be questioned whether he be well founded in the extent of his claims for interest & Agency for Claims. The Report ⟨o⟩n it should have been required from the Treasy. not from this Dept. It involves considerable research & some difficulties & has been further delayed by the pressure of business & the sickness of the Chief Clerck of this Dept. Congs. have not yet passed the appropriation for the French Treaty, which with certain delicacies touchg St. Domingo, have added to my occupations. Our latest acct⟨s.⟩ from Europe are indecisive on points important to us. […] for Mrs. Monroe & yourself our sincerest regards

James Madison

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