James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jacob Wagner, 8 September 1804

From Jacob Wagner

Department of State 8 Septr. 1804.

Dear Sir

I have been honored with your favor of the 5th.1 with the accompanying packages. The enclosed letter from Mr. Livingston2 ought to have been forwarded on Thursday but was accidentally omitted. Not having received a return of Mr. Merry’s letter in which he complains of irregularities committed by the French at Baltimore,3 I have not been able to send the extracts with the letter to the Attorney for the District, but instead of them have written him a private letter descriptive of what was intended and informing him that the extracts would follow.4 With the highest respect & attacht. I have the honor to remain Dr. Sir, Your most obed. servt.

Jacob Wagner

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Letter not found.

2Wagner no doubt enclosed Robert R. Livingston to JM, 19 June 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 , 7:337–44).

3Wagner referred to Anthony Merry to JM, 15 Aug. 1804, ibid., 7:604–5 and n. 5; see also Wagner to JM, 21 Aug. 1804, ibid., 7:626.

4For Wagner’s 8 Sept. 1804 letter to Zebulon Hollingsworth transmitting a letter from JM, see JM to Hollingsworth, 28 Aug. 1804, ibid., 7:644–45 n. 1.

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