James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Charles Pinckney, 18 November 1803

To Charles Pinckney

Department of State November 18th. 1803.


The Merchants of Philadelphia interested in the property detained in the Spanish ports of South America, have charged Mr Richard W. Meade with an Agency in respect to it.1 He will accordingly proceed to Madrid and from thence to South America. The knowledge you have already acquired of this business and the communications with which Mr Meade will further elucidate it, render superfluous at present any observations on my part. In referring you therefore, to the various instructions you have received in relation to this among other subjects of Spanish injuries against our commercial citizens,2 I have only to request you to render Mr Meade every reasonable and just countenance and support which his charge may require.

Mr Cook, respecting whose case I have several times written to you,3 requests that you may be informed that the originals of his papers are in this office.

Mr George Hunter has also requested that you might be furnished with the inclosed deposition4 in addition to the papers respecting his claim upon Spain. I have the honor to be &c.

James Madison

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