James Madison Papers

From James Madison to George W. Erving, 3 December 1803 (Abstract)

§ To George W. Erving

3 December 1803, Department of State. “Mr. John R. Livingston has represented that he has recovered an award for a considerable sum in the case of the Ship Somerset,1 and that according to the general rule prescribed as to the manner of drawing bills in such cases, it would be requisite that the portion claimed for the Captain, Christopher Miller who has since deceased, should be included in the draft. As it would be impracticable for reasons stated to me, to obtain the concurrence of Capt. Millers representatives, I request you to dispense with the rule in this particular instance so far as they are concerned.”

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