James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jacob Wagner, 24 August 1803

From Jacob Wagner

Department of State 24 Augt. 1803.

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 19th. respecting Mr. Burnley was duly received and complied with;1 and this day another without date is come to hand,2 in consequence of which I enclose a copy of one side of Mr. Livingston’s cypher which will suffice for your present object: By the next post I shall transmit the other side. I have dispatched Mr. Derieux.

Altho’ the Collector of Norfolk was requested to transmit a copy of his report respecting the Josephine to the President at Monticello, yet as in his letter to the Secretary of the Treasury he does not mention his having done so, I have thought it best to forward a copy of it to you.3

In transmitting to you Mr. Gore’s letter4 I cannot help remarking that I should not have expected from Mr. King’s experience such a mistake as is exhibited by his omission to leave a locum-tenens,5 which is the right and duty of every minister unless otherwise directed.

I have put Mr. Jay’s letter into the bundle only for the sake of the last paragraph.6 Permit me to refer you to the endorsement on Mr. Beveridge’s letter.7 Mr. Pinckney has said nothing respecting its subject in answer to the instructions sent him, which were to the effect that it was an antiquated claim not to be strenuously pressed but to be preferred for experiment on some favourable occasion. With the greatest respect Your faithful sert.

Jacob Wagner

P.S. I forwarded Mr. Munroe’s cypher a day or two after your departure

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