James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 12 April 1804 (Abstract)

§ To Thomas Jefferson

12 April 1804, Washington. “Inclosed herewith are the letters last recd from Mr. Pinkney,1 with some communications from the Mediterranean, and from the Comissrs. under the 7th. art: of the British Treaty.2 The capture by Capt: Preble was in some respects very apropos;3 but is there not danger that it may give umbrage to the Grand Seignor?” Adds in a postscript: “Not knowing the address of Derrieux, I take the liberty of inclosing it. The address can be ascertained doubtless among some of his friends about Charlotesville.”

RC (DLC: Jefferson Papers). 1 p.; docketed by Jefferson as received 16 Apr.

1These were probably Pinckney to JM, 12 Dec. 1803 and 10 and 24 Jan. 1804 (PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 6:161–62, 332–33, 379–83).

2See the claims commissioners under the Jay treaty to JM, 23 Feb. 1804, ibid., 6:505.

3For Preble’s 23 Dec. 1803 capture of a ship under Turkish colors, see Joseph Pulis to JM, 20 Jan. 1804, ibid., 6:371–72 and n. 1.

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