James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William Kirkpatrick, 21 November 1802 (Abstract)

§ To William Kirkpatrick

21 November 1802, Department of State, Washington. “I subjoin the copy of a letter which I have lately received from the collector of the customs at New York concerning John Watkins who is stated in yours, of the 29. June last, to have been lost, in attempting to get on shore.1 It appears from the collectors letter that he has left no relation in this country. You will observe the injunctions of the Act, concerning Consuls and vice Consuls, in this case, in delivering over the effects of the deceased to his legal representatives, or if none should come forward, in sending the proceeds to the Treasury of the United States.”

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