James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert C. Gardiner, 6 April 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Robert C. Gardiner1

6 April 1803, Gothenburg. Acknowledges receipt of the 26 Aug. 1802 State Department circular2 on 31 Mar. via Hamburg. “The Sum stipulated by Congress, is by no means adequate to the sustenance of a Man in this country at any season, but espicially [sic] during the Winter when no employment can be obtained for him.”3 Asks whether he should provide for American seamen “on as reasonable terms [as] possible,” which would be about twenty to twenty-five cents a day for each man. Offers the services of his commercial house to the U.S. in supplying naval and other stores “in which this Country abounds.”

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