James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Tudor Tucker, 6 January 1804 (Abstract)

§ To Thomas Tudor Tucker

6 January 1804, Department of State. “I have received your letter of the 4th.1 enclosing the papers of John Hollank [Holland] of Charleston.2 It appears that they were lying in the post office here at a time within the period assigned for their being recorded, but not having been taken up, they could not be seasonably presented for that purpose. The law limiting the day before which the record was to be made, leaves no discretion to admit them afterwards, and the accident which has happended [sic] is therefore irremedible [sic] except by the Legislature. In the mean time as your letter will be a memorial of the facts in case the means of future [sic] should be affoarded it will remain on file, but the enclosures are herewith returned.”

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