James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Savage, 5 April 1803 (Abstract)

§ From William Savage

5 April 1803, Kingston, Jamaica. Last wrote on 25 Jan.1 Encloses his quarterly account to 31 Mar. in the amount of $250.83 [not found]. A report prevails that the U.S. government is contemplating a law excluding “the landing of all Negroes & free persons of Colour.” Should such a law have been deemed necessary and be in force, he requests instructions “as to these free Negroes & people of Colour natives of the United States, which are continually leaving this for the united States, & further if persons resident here whose Health requires change of Air & embark for America, whether their demisks [domestics] will be prevented landing.” Requests an early reply.

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