James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Albert Gallatin, 7 December 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Albert Gallatin

7 December 1804. “I enclose an extract of a letter from Colo. Allan of Passamaquody,1 by which it seems that the British Govt. considering the convention for fixing the limits in that bay (and in the vicinity of Lake of the Woods) as rejected,2 are taking measures to assert their claim to Moose Island by far the largest of those which had fallen to our share by the sd. convention.”

RC and enclosure (DLC: Gallatin Papers). RC 1 p.; docketed by Wagner, with his notation: “Moose Island.” For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosed extract from Revolutionary War veteran Col. John Allan’s letter to Gallatin, dated 3 Nov. 1804 at Eastport, reads: “I have a letter from Capt. Oliver Shead Post masr. on Moose Island informing me, that he had through a correct & respectable conveyance (which he circumstantially states) received intelligence that an order had been received from London by a dignified character in the Province of New Brunswick, That a survey be immediately made of Moose & other Islands adjacent—To have accurately ascertained the number of families and improvements, & to know if the conditions of settlements were fulfilled. Although I make no doubt of its authenticity, yet the Statement is not accompanied with those vouchers, that I presume are necessary to transmit it for official notice. In consequence have wrote desiring one to be made out with suitable documents properly authenticated. I take the liberty to mention this as you are in some degree acquainted with my sentiments & feelings on the subject, which we have spoke of, when together, or communications by writing. My fears & apprehensions remain still the same.”

2See JM to Monroe, 14 Feb. 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 , 6:475–77 and n. 2.

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