James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Rufus King, 7 May 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Rufus King

7 May 1802, London. No. 66. Asserts that a great principle of U.S. policy is “to maintain and perpetuate the union of our Country.” Expresses concern over the cession of Louisiana and the Floridas to France, because it is a measure calculated “to weaken and divide us.” Has reinforced verbal communications between British ministers and himself on this subject through a confidential letter to Lord Hawkesbury, which is enclosed with the minister’s answer.1 The subject is considered by all men of consequence in Great Britain “as a measure of the greatest consequence,” with “an unavoidable influence upon the duration of Peace.”

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