James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Pinkney, 24 April 1806

Baltimore. April 24. 1806.


I have just had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 23d. Instant, by which I am informed that by a Nomination of the President, with the Concurrence of the Senate, I am united with Mr. Monroe, in a Commission plenipotentiary & extraordinary, for settling all Matters of Difference between the United States & the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland, relative to wrongs committed between the parties, on the high seas or other waters, & establishing the principles of navigation & Commerce between them.

I take the Liberty to ask that it may be made known to the President that I accept this Appointment with a high Sense of its great Importance, and of the flattering Confidence which it implies, and that the arrangements for my Departure shall be completed without Delay.

It will be perfectly convenient to me to go to Washington early in the next week, and, as I do not understand that the Delay of a few Days will be material I will venture to defer my Visit until Tuesday or Wednesday.

I have the Honor to be with great Respect and consideration Sir, Yr. mo. Ob Hble Se⟨rvt.⟩

Wm. Pinkney

DNA: RG 59--DD-Diplomatic Despatches, Great Britain.

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