James Madison Papers

From James Madison to James Garrard, 18 February 1803

To James Garrard

Department of State 18th. February 1803.


It has been represented to the Government of the United States by the Minister of His Catholic Majesty, that from reports which are entitled to attention he has reason to fear that certain persons in the Western parts of Pennsylvania are employed in exciting the people to arm themselves, with the expectation of being joined by others from the western portion of the Union, and to proceed with hostile intentions against the Province of Louisiana. As such a procedure would be not only incompatible with the authority and dignity of the Government but dangerous to our peace with foreign nations, the President entertains the fullest confidence, that your Excellency will take the most early and efficient measures to restrain such an attempt should it be within the state of Kentucky.1 I have the honor to be &ca.

James Madison.

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