James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Edward Livingston, 31 October 1804 (Abstract)

§ To Edward Livingston

31 October 1804, Department of State. “I have duly received your letter of the 11th. Ult:1 respecting the claim of Baron Bastrip to a monopoly of the Indian Trade within a portion of Louisiana: but as Congress are soon to meet and as he looks ultimately to them for a decision, it seems unnecessary for the President at this late day to take any measures; and the more especially as the delay to act upon the original application arose principally from a concurrence in the opinion that the affair was best fitted for the consideration of the Legislature.”

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). 1 p.

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