§ To Ebenezer Stevens
17 June 1805, Department of State. “I request you will be pleased to cause any debt, which Mr. Cotton may owe to the United States, and which may come to your Knowledge, to be deducted out of the remittance the Treasury is about to make to you, to satisfy th<e> award in his favor, enclosed in your letter of the 13th. instant.”1
Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 15). 1 p.
1. The letter has not been found, but for Daniel Cotton’s claim against the United States, see Nathan Sanford to JM, 10 Sept. 1804, PJM-SS, description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 8:34 and n. 1; JM to Samuel Dana, 14 Feb. 1805, and n. 1; and JM to Stevens, 6 Mar. 1805.