James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert R. Livingston, 24 March 1804

From Robert R. Livingston


Paris 24h. March 1804

Dear Sir

I have not time to write a public letter by this conveyance of which I have just heard & the post is going out. This is to convey information of a fact that excites much sensation here & will probably thro’ all Europe. A body of french troops were sent into the electorate of Bade[n] & to the castle of Ettenheim inhabited for some time past by the duke d Enghien.1 He with many others was arrested arrived at the castle of St Vincennes which is about two leagues from Paris was tried by a military tribunal & shot immediatly after the whole bussiness from the time of his arrival did not take ten hours. I enclose you the process & condemnation2 as this goes by the post I make no reflections many will occur to you. Papers have been seized that demonstrate the agency of England. I am Dear Sir with the highest esteem Your Most Ob hume Sert


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