James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Edward Stevens, 6 July 1801

From Edward Stevens, 6 July 1801

Cape Français July 6th: 1801.


I had the Honor of receiving your Letter of the 2nd: June, announcing the President’s Acceptance of my Resignation, and the Appointment of Colo: Lear to succeed me in the Office I have held in St. Domingo.

In Compliance with your Instructions I have deliver’d to this Gentleman all the Documents and Papers belonging to the Station which he now fills, and communicated to him every useful Information it was in my Power to convey, respecting the Colony in which his public Functions are to be exercised. In doing this I have been actuated, not only by a Sense of the Duty I owe the U. States, but also by a sincere Desire of shewing every Mark of Respect and Attention to a Person who, from his Talents and Virtues, is so justly entitled to them. And I beg Leave, Sir, to assure the President, that tho’ my official Duties have now ceased, yet during the short Time I have still to remain in St: Domingo, nothing shall be wanting, on my Part, as far as my personal Services can extend, to promote the public Interests, or to render Colo: Lear’s Residence in the Colony both useful and agreeable. I have the Honor to be, With the highest Respect, Sir, Your most obedt: hum: Servt:

Edward Stevens.

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