James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Graham, 23 August 1809

From John Graham

Dept of State 23d August 1809.

Dear Sir

The inclosed Papers from Governor Claiborne were sent to the Secretary of State who returned them yesterday, with a request that the Letter of the 29th July and its inclosures might be sent to you.1 I have thought that it would not be amiss to send that of the 30th also.2 With Sentiments of the most Respectful Attachment I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Humble Servant

John Graham


1Claiborne’s 29 July 1809 letter to the secretary of state included papers related to a piracy case tried at New Orleans and the hostile reaction of some residents in New Orleans against the French refugees from Cuba. The governor also reports that rumors of sickness among U.S. troops “stationed in this vicinity … are greatly exaggerated.” The letter and several enclosures are printed in Rowland, Claiborne Letter Books, 4:391–99.

2Claiborne’s 30 July 1809 letter enclosed a letter from the French consul (ibid., 4:399).

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