James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Thomas Ricketts, 28 December 1803 (Abstract)

§ From John Thomas Ricketts

28 December 1803, “Cameron Mills near Alexanda.” “If not contreary to the duties of your office, you will oblige me by Intimating the name of the Collector appointed for new Orleans, which I have this day understood to be a Mr Triste, who acted (as I am told) at Natchez in that capasity.” Inquires because [William G.] Garland, with whom Ricketts has “a Corsary Acquaintance” and who directed a fourteen-thousand-dollar trust with “all possible satisfaction,” has forwarded his credentials to Ricketts.1 “I had also Thought from his long Standing in that country with his knowledge of the manners and Habits and the Respective Languages where English is understood by Very Few, and more Especially from his Fairness of Character as a man of business and probity, and that attested by the most Respectable Sources In that country,” that the government could not fail to notice him. Has information that Trist “will Be much less satisfactory in that place, Than him alluded to.” “To me the case Either way is Equally Indiferent and for that Reason I will say no more about it.”2

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