James Madison Papers

To James Madison from DeWitt Clinton (Abstract), 4 May 1805

§ From DeWitt Clinton

4 May 1805, New York. “I hope it will not be considered obtrusive in me to ask whether there is any foundation in the reports which prevail here, that Mr Lee our Consul at Bourdeaux is to be removed or transferred to some other place. I ask this with a view to the accomodation of a friend in case a vacancy shall occur.

“Our elections terminated on Thursday last and have no doubt been as favorable as ought to be wished.”1

RC (DLC). 1 p.

1For a discussion of the split among New York Republicans between Clinton and Livingston factions, the victory of the former in the spring 1805 legislative elections, and DeWitt Clinton’s election to the New York state senate while he continued to serve as mayor of New York City, see Steven E. Siry, De Witt Clinton and the American Political Economy: Sectionalism, Politics, and Republican Ideology, 1787–1828 (New York, 1990), 114–15.

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