James Madison Papers

Circular Letter to Consuls and Commercial Agents, 1 October 1803

Circular Letter to Consuls and Commercial Agents

Department of State, October 1st. 1803.


Inclosed you will receive a copy of the laws passed at the last Session of Congress; and I avail myself of the same occasion to furnish you with the annexed remarks, made by the Comptroller of the Treasury,1 respecting sales of American registered Vessels, as they may be affected by the laws of the Union, and the construction placed upon them by the Officers of the Treasury Department.

Having as yet received but few returns to the request made in the concluding paragraph of my last Circular of the 9th. of April,2 permit me to request that no further delay may take place in forwarding them. I am &c.

James Madison

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