17 February 1804, Department of State. “I have just received the enclosed memorial from the Merchants of New Orleans1 with a request to place it in the hands of one of the Members of Congress. Though I have learnt that a law has been passed upon the subject matter of the memorial, I have nevertheless thought it proper to be committed to your attention.”
Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). 1 p.
1. For the 9 Jan. 1804 memorial from the merchants of New Orleans, see William C. C. Claiborne to JM, 17 Jan. 1804, n. 3. The memorial was presented to the House on 20 Feb. 1804 (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 8th Cong., 1st sess., 1038).