James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Breckinridge, 28 April 1806

Washington 28. April 1806

I am of opinion that there rests no power in the City Council, nor in any department of the Govert. of Orleans to tax the property of the U. States within that Territory. I believe the exercise of such power has never been before attempted in any part of the U. States, and I think the General Goverment ought not to admit the principle. Laying the tax will be harmless; for I see no means by which they payment of it can be enforced.

John Breckinridge

DNA: RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.

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