James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Albert Gallatin, 20 November 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Albert Gallatin

20 November 1802. Gives a brief history of the origin of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’s claim against the U.S. beginning with French cash advances to the U.S. and shipment of military supplies in 1776 and 1777. Encloses several documents illustrating the facts on which the treasury decision against Beaumarchais was based.1 Lists facts that are not in dispute by either party and states no proof is given that Beaumarchais ever accounted to France for the money given him. All the information on which the U.S. decision is based came from the French government which now recommends Beaumarchais’s application for relief. Unless France can provide further proof, “the officers of the Treasury are bound to consider the letter of the Minister of Exterior Relations as conclusive evidence in support of their decision.”

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