James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Louis-André Pichon, 24 June 1802

To Louis-André Pichon

Department of State June 24th. 1802.


Captain Davidson, whose case with that of Captain Rodgers, was the subject of a late communication to you, has produced an order from the General then commanding at Cape Francois, by which it appears that besides the severities inflicted on him, he was peremptorily forbidden at any1 to St. Domingo. He represents also that he has certain interests of much importance to him remaining in that Island which cannot be arranged & secured without his personal attentions.2

Without recurring to the transaction in a general view, or discussing any question incident to such a mode of excepting individuals from the benefit of a general regulation, I persuade myself, Sir, that in addition to public considerations, your benevolence will suggest the steps most likely to effect a recall of the order referred to, and a readmission to the footing of other american citizens one whose good character is so well known in his own country, tho’ it has been so much misunderstood elsewhere.

The injurious delay which must attend the measures confidently expected from the justice of the French Government will sufficiently explain this second resort to your interposition. I am &ca

James Madison.

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