James Madison Papers

From James Madison to John Cotton Smith, 15 February 1803 (Abstract)

§ To John Cotton Smith1

15 February 1803, Department of State. “The case of Captain Breck has been heretofore examined at this office, but as no appropriation is supposed to be applicable to it, no relief could be afforded. Several others of the mutineers on board the Ulysses2 are received on board American vessels and brought to the United States. Some of them were tried and convicted at Boston.… Should the Legislature grant compensation in the present case, it is suggested that provision should be made for the others, as applications relative to them will doubtless follow.”3

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