James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 3 April 1804 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne

3 April 1804, New Orleans. “In consequence of a Deposition forwarded to me by a Mr. Bailey, of which the enclosed No. 1 is a copy, I addressed on the 28th Ultimo to the Marquis De Casa Calvo a letter of which the enclosed No. 2 is a copy, when the answer of the Marquis is received you shall be advised thereof.”1

Letterbook copy and letterbook copy of enclosures (Ms-Ar: Claiborne Executive Journal, vol. 13). Letterbook copy 1 p. For enclosures (4 pp.), see n. 1.

1The enclosures are copies of Charleston, South Carolina, merchant Thomas Bailey’s 24 Mar. 1804 deposition (printed in Rowland, Claiborne Letter Books, 2:66–69) and Claiborne’s 28 Mar. 1804 letter to Casa Calvo (printed ibid., 2:69–70). Bailey’s protest described the seizure “on or about” 7 Feb. of the brig Columbia by the Coquette, a French privateer fitted out from New Orleans. The ship carried its prize into Santiago de Cuba. Claiborne sent a copy of the deposition to Casa Calvo and asked for an explanation.

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