James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Rufus King, 16 June 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Rufus King

16 June 1802, London. Acknowledges JM’s private letter of 7 Apr. conveying the president’s permission to visit France and neighboring countries. Has no plans at the moment; might spend a few weeks at Paris in July or August.1 His secretary, John Pickering,2 returned home several months earlier; “I have expected as his successor my Nephew Mr. H. Southgate,3 who will probably arrive in the course of the summer.” In the interim, John Munro of Scotland has undertaken those duties and been given the pay. If King extends his leave or goes beyond Paris, Christopher Gore will serve as chargé d’affaires during his absence with no expense to the public.

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