James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gray Blount and Thomas Blount, 24 February 1804 (Abstract)

§ From John Gray Blount and Thomas Blount1

24 February 1804, Washington, North Carolina “Amongst other Claims which we conceive the late Convention with France authorises us to expect payment for, we have one for the Brigantine Russell and Cargo captured by a French Privateer in the year 1796.” Sent the “original Protest of the Captain and Condemnation by a French Tribunal at Cape Francais” to Timothy Pickering on 25 July 1797 and received a 22 Aug. 1797 letter from Wagner acknowledging receipt of the protest and a copy of the condemnation. “Our memory and Letter accompanying them induce us to think we sent the Original of both Protest and Condemnation.” Ask JM to have the documents sent to John Gray Blount at Washington, North Carolina, so that they can be transmitted “with other necessary Papers to the Commercial Agent of the United States at Paris as speedily as possible.” Enclose copies of their letter and Wagner’s reply as proof that the requested papers “were deposited in the Office of the Secretary of State.”2

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