James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Nathan Sanford, 23 October 1806

Department of State, October 23. 1806.


The Envoy of Great Britain has represented that John Thomas a British subject is under prosecution at New York for a murder charged upon under circumstances, which the Envoy supposes, exclude it from the cognizance of the United States. I therefore request you to be pleased to inform me, whether it clearly appears that the act was committed on the high seas, on board a British Vessel, and whether the accuser & accused were British subjects, and that you will furnish such other statements as may explain how far the intervention of the Executive may be proper or necessary. I am &c.

James Madison

DNA: RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.

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