James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Francis Becker, 12 July 1805 (Abstract)

To Francis Becker, 12 July 1805 (Abstract)

§ To Francis Becker. 12 July 1805, Department of State. “The Louisiana Convention not providing for admitting restitution in case of property being irreversibly condemned, the claim you refer to, in your letter of the 6th. inst. [not found], seems to be unprovided for.”1

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 15). 1 p.

1Becker had two claims against the French government. One was for the Hannah, Capt. William L. Fisher, for a loss he suffered at Bordeaux in 1797; the other was for the Harmony, Capt. Samuel Clapp, that was condemned at Saint-Domingue in 1797 for trading with the rebels (Williams, French Assault on American Shipping, 167, 170–71).

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