James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Abraham Van Bibber, 26 December 1804 (Abstract)

§ To Abraham Van Bibber

26 December 1804, Department of State. “I have recd. your letter of the 22d. inst. [not found] respecting the Brigantine Neptune and her Cargo.1 The enclosures to which you refer as having been sent to this Department, have been received, if you allude to a power of Attorney, a copy of the decree of restitution of the Brig by the District Court of Pennsylvania and a letter from Mr. Wharton of Philadelphia to Mr. Jolly of Baltimore, which were left at the Office by Mr. Stoddert: but as these papers do no[t] materially affect the case from what it appeared to be at the date of my letter of the  2 last, I have nothing to add to my remarks then made.”

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

1Under the claims convention of 1831 with France, John Jolley was awarded $2,752.25 for his claim for the Neptune (Statement Showing the Payments of Awards of the Commissioners Appointed under the Conventions between the United States and France … [Washington, 1886], 90).

2Left blank in letterbook. For JM’s letter to John Jolley and Company, 26 Apr. 1804, see 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 , 7:112–13.

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