James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Tatham, 10 July 1810 (Abstract)

§ From William Tatham

10 July 1810, Norfolk. Believes it is important to add to his former communications the enclosed statement of facts concerning the legal right of the public to “the Desart” at Cape Henry. Is continuing his topographical work. Relates that his family is in distressed circumstances.

RC and enclosure (DLC). RC 2 pp. Printed in McPherson, “Letters of William Tatham,” WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 2d ser., 16 (1936): 391. Enclosure (undated, 8 pp.) is a “Statement Concerning a tract of Land called ’the Desert,’ situated on, and adjoining to, Cape Henry, at the enterance of the Chesapeake Bay; many years reserved for public use; and of great importance to the United States.”

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