James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Zachariah Lewis, 7 January 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Zachariah Lewis

7 January 1804, New York. “Your letter of the 30th. ult.1 directed to E. Belden & Co. together with a copy of the first laws of the present Congress, were received this day. As you request an immediate answer, I improve this moment to inform you, that I have lately purchased the establishment (of the Commercial Advertiser & the Spectator) of E. Belden & Co.—they having relinquished this kind of business altogether. As you mention that you are ‘desirous to continue (this) Gazette as a medium of promulgating the laws of the present Congress within the State of New York,’ I shall proceed unless otherwise by you directed, to publish them on the terms you proposed. Should not this accord with your wish, you will be pleased to give me immediate information.”2

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