James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George W. Erving, 28 January 1804 (Abstract)

§ From George W. Erving

28 January 1804, London. No. 29. “Having had the honor to receive your Letter (Novr. 1st. 1803) respecting Alexander Mc.Elwee an American Citizen impressed into the British Service, I lost no time in applying to the Lords of the Admiralty for his discharge. Copies of my letter and their answer are herewith inclosed.1

“You will please to observe that their Lordships presume Mc.Elwee not to be at present in the English Service, but if he is so in fact that it will be necessary for his father to inform me on board of what Ship he is detained before another Application can be made.”

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