James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Samuel Latham Mitchill, 20 October 1803

From Samuel Latham Mitchill

October 20th. 1803


The House of Representatives having made an Order that the part of the President’s Message which relates “to the regulations to be observed by foreign vessels within the jurisdiction of the U. S., to the restraining of our citizens from entering into the service of any of the belligerent powers of Europe; and to the exacting from all nations the observance towards our Vessels and citizens of those principles and practices which all civilized people acknowledge,” be referred to the standing Committee of Commerce and Manufactures,1 I have called on the Secretary of State, as Chairman of that Committee, to request the aid and information which he can afford, towards framing a proper Bill for restraining the Evils alluded to. I shall be glad to learn whatever the Secretary may think proper to lay before the Committee, and to receive all instruction on these subjects that ⟨he⟩ shall think proper to communicate. Respectfully I remain yours

Saml L Mitchill

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