To Franklin, Robinson, and Company
Department of State, May 7th. 1804.
I duly received your letter stating the case of the Ship Hunter.1 The circumstances of the proceedings with respect to her in the Spanish tribunals, and within the Spanish territory, may be considered as distinguishing it from those excepted in the 6th. Article:2 but of this and the coincidence of your claim, in other respects with the stipulations of the Convention, the Board to be organized under it, is to judge officially. I am &c.
Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14); Tr (DNA: RG 76, Preliminary Inventory 177, entry 143, France, Unbound Records Relating to Spoliation Claims, ca. 1885, folder “Claimant: J. Lopez Diaz”).
1. See Franklin, Robinson, and Company to JM, 8 Mar. 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 , 6:567–69.