James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Cato West, 29 February 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Cato West

29 February 1804, Mississippi Territory. “I take leave to request that the Laws of the United States, Pass’d at the Several Sessions of Congress, since the year 1800, may be furnish’d, for the use of the Judges, and other officers of this Government. None of those Acts, except a very few of the Last Session, have been receiv’d to my Knowlege.

“Permit me Sir, to Suggest the propriety of distributing some copies of the Laws of the United States among the Inferior officers of the Territorial Government.

“Governor Claiborne, previous to his departure from this Territory to New Orleans, wrote you respecting some writing done by Mr. Edward Turner1—will you please to advise me of your determination thereon.”

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