James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Cotton Smith, 23 February 1804 (Abstract)

§ From John Cotton Smith

23 February 1804, “Committee-room.” “I am directed by the committee of claims to transmit to you the petition of William Eaton, late Consul at Tunis, and the documents accompanying it.1 The committee are strongly impressed with a belief that the case comes fairly within executive cognizance, and of course that no legislative interference can be necessary. If you entertain the same view of the subject, they will recommend it to the petitioner to withdraw his application in order that he may submit his claim to the consideration of the proper department. Should you, however, Sir, think otherwise, you will oblige the committee by communicating any further information you may possess affecting the case, together with your opinion of its merits.”

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