James Madison Papers

From James Madison to George W. Erving, 24 November 1804 (Abstract)

§ To George W. Erving

24 November 1804, Department of State. “I enclose proof that Joseph Trowbridge who has been detained by Capt. Timothy Clinch of the British public armed Brig Buisy is a Citizen of the United States.1 The circumstances of this impressment being peculiar on account of the station Mr. Trowbridge held on board his Vessel, the clearness of the proof of that station and his Citizenship at the time of the impressment, as well as the respectability, as I am informed, of the family to which he belongs, I have thought proper to recommend it to your particular attention, as I already have to that of the British Minister here.”

RC (NHi); letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, IC, vol. 1). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM; docketed by Erving, with his notation: “respecting Joseph Trowbridge an impressed Man / application made to the Admira[l]ty Jay 14. 1805 / ansd. Feby 8.”

1For a description of the enclosures, see JM to Anthony Merry, 22 Nov. 1804, and nn.

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