8 December 1803, Department of State. “I have received your letter of the 24th. ult. [not found] and enclose a copy of the Charter-party of the Ann Maria.”1 Has “no alteration to make in the instructions formerly transmitted for the adjustment of this claim.”2
RC (NjP: Crane Collection); letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Enclosure not found, but see n. 1.
1. For a printed copy of the 16 Aug. 1800 charter agreement for the Anna Maria, see ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Claims, pp. 338–39.
2. For JM’s instructions regarding Daniel Cotton’s claim for reimbursement for the appropriation of the Anna Maria by the bey of Tunis, see JM to Stevens, 1 Aug. 1803 (PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 5:257). On 28 Feb. 1809 Congress passed “An Act for the relief of Daniel Cotton” ordering the treasury officers to pay Cotton’s claim (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 6:80).