James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Alexander Spotswood, 20 June 1803

To Alexander Spotswood

Department of State. Washington
20. June 1803.


In consequence of your letter of the 15th. inst.1 I enclose a certified copy of your military land Warrant. The surveyor will of course know of the interference of any surveys, to which the law has given a priority, and of its amount: any certificate therefore from me concerning that fact is unnecessary, nor is the information on which it could be grounded within the official knowledge of this or any other Department at the Seat of Government. On complying with the requisite designated by the Secretary of War as expressed in his letter I shall make no objection to issuing a patent for the resurvey to the amount of the interference. I am, Sir, very respectfully &ca.

James Madison.

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