James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Armstrong, 14 October 1804

From John Armstrong

Nantes 14th. October 1804.

Dear Sir,

Having this moment heard that the Jane is about to sail for Boston early to:morrow, I avail myself of the conveyance she offers, to inform you of our safe arrival at this post in thirty eight days from that on which we left NYork, and to transmit a small package of the latest papers of the place, with a copy of the new civil code of the Country.1 Of Mr. Livingston I have heard nothing, excepting, that he is yet in Paris and proposes passing the winter in some part of Italy. I count upon seeing him on the 20th. With the highest possible regard, I am, Dear Sir, Your Most Obedient & very humble servant

John Armstrong.

RC (DNA: RG 59, DD, France, vol. 10). Docketed by Wagner.

1For a discussion of the French Civil Code (later Code Napoléon), which went into effect on 21 Mar. 1804, see Robert B. Holtman, The Napoleonic Revolution (Philadelphia, 1967), 87–93.

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