§ From Edward Livingston
15 September 1804, New Orleans. “At the request of Baron Bastrop I take the liberty of requesting an answer to a letter addressed to you in his behalf on the 16. June last.1
“I then stated that he had obtained from the Spanish government the Exclusive trade with the Indians on the Ouachita River,2 that he considered this as private property for the unexpired term of his privilege—and that he prayed the enjoyment of it untill he could take the decision of Congress on his Case.
“The Barons anxiety on this subject induces me once more to remind you of it.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, TP, Orleans, vol. 5). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner.
1. Letter not found (calendared in 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 , 7:329).
2. Philip Hendrik Nering Bögel, Baron de Bastrop, whose Spanish land grant was to play a role in Aaron Burr’s plans in the Southwest, had also been granted, on 20 Mar. 1801, an exclusive right to trade with the Indians for ten years in exchange for building forts on the Ouachita River and in Catahoula Parish (Kline, Papers of Burr description begins Mary-Jo Kline, ed., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr (2 vols.; Princeton, N.J., 1983). description ends , 2:992–93; Claiborne to JM, 7 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 , 7:295 and n. 1; León Tello, Documentos relativos a la independencia de Norteamérica, 7:268).