James Madison Papers

To James Madison from DeWitt Clinton, 9 September 1806

NewYork 9 Septr. 1806


The principal Secretary of the Tunisian Minister is now in this City & will depart this day for Boston with the definitive refusal of his refractory Countrymen. At his request I have given him a certificate of this fact & of their ministers’ Offer to pay their expences & to bury in oblivion all past differences. The Secretary assures me that this will be satisfactory to his principal & that he will depart without them & without giving the government any further trouble on this subject.

Agreeably to the request conveyed in your letter of the 15th. August I have paid the enclosed bill & have told the landlord that the Govt. would not be responsible for any further expence. I presume however that the best course to pursue will be to send them out of the Country as soon as possible, which is their earnest desire. I consider the bill as high but the claimant is poor & blind & having no doubt, but that the articles were really supplied, I thought it best to discharge it at once. I shall draw upon you for it.


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