James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Robert R. Livingston, 28 May 1804

To Robert R. Livingston

Department of State 28th May 1804


I have undertaken to forward the inclosed letter addressed to the First Consul of France, at the instance of the writer,1 whose letter to me2 manifests his compliance with the terms on which it was permitted to be inclosed under cover of this Department. I am entirely unacquainted with the individual, and do not wish it to pass to the hands of the First Consul in a manner implying the act of transmission to be official: at the same time permit me to request your care, that it may reach him as directly as possible. I have the honor to be &c

James Madison

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, IM, vol. 6).

1The writer was probably James Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont (ca. 1764–1840) (see Livingston to JM, 8 Aug. 1804), a speculator in New York real estate and son of Jacques-Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont (1726–1803), a French entrepreneur who furnished supplies to the U.S. during the American Revolution (Abbot et al., Papers of Washington: Presidential Series, 2:437 n. 1).

2Letter not found.

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