James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William E. Hũlings, 7 March 1803

To William E. Hũlings

Department of State 7th March 1803.


Mr. Lewis A. Terascon,1 an enterprising citizen of Pennsylvania, having built and loaded two vessels at Pittsburg and intending to dispatch them for Europe, apprehends that the present or future restraints of our rights in the Mississippi may render your good offices useful to him in their passage out of the river. One of the vessels is a schooner called the Amity of 105 tons, commanded by Samuel McCutchen, the other is a ship of about 270 tons called the Pittsburg, and commanded by James McKever. They are stated to be loaded chiefly with flour.

Should unforeseen circumstances require any protection you can give them as a public Agent, I request you to render it. I am Sir, very respectfully your most Obt Sert.

James Madison

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