James Madison Papers

From James Madison to John Wells, 25 May 1803 (Abstract)

§ To John Wells

25 May 1803, Department of State. “The President of the United States has received your letter of the 2nd. inst [not found], recapitulating the losses you have sustained by French captures.1 It would have given me pleasure to have it in my power to communicate a more favorable answer than the remarks contained in my letter to you of the 10th. November 1801 [not found], but I have nothing to add to them, except that the negotiation alluded to has not terminated and that a correct opinion cannot now be formed, whether the case of the John and Mary will fall within the treaty, if it succeed.”

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