James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Alexander J. Dallas, 12 January 1804 (Abstract)

§ To Alexander J. Dallas

12 January 1804, Department of State. “I duly received both your letters [not found] respecting the Brig Friends. The President having given no direction for a remission of the penalties incurred, it follows that the law ought to take its course. I should have returned a particular answer to the first letter, had I been acquainted with the suspension and its consequences, which have intervened: but it was presumed that an unfavourable conclusion of the application would have been inferred, as in other instances from the pardon being withheld.”

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