James Madison Papers

From James Madison to David Brydie Mitchell and Thomas D. Johnson, 1 November 1804 (Abstract)

§ To David Brydie Mitchell and Thomas D. Johnson

1 November 1804, Department of State. “Mr. Merry, the Minister of Great Britain, having requested that Mr. James Wallace might be permitted to act as the Vice-Consul of his Nation at Savannah in the place of Mr. John Wallace lately deceased, until a regular appointment to that office can be made by the immediate order of his Government;1 and the present nomination not being adapted for the customary Exequator, I have the honor to request, that as far [as] your official functions are concerned, and will permit, you will consider Mr. James Wallace as acting instead of a Vice Consul of Great Britain at Savannah, and that you will accordingly yield him every necessary facility in the exercise of this trust.”

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). 1 p.; addressed “To the Attorney of the District of Georgia—and the Collector of the Customs at Savannah.”

1See Merry to JM, 8 and 20 Oct. 1804.

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