James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Josiah Meigs, 13 February 1816

City of Washington February 1⟨3⟩, 1816


The late Proclamation relative to Intruders on the Public Lands having apparently caused a considerable excitement, I presume it not improper to communicate the inclosed Extract from a Private Letter received this day from Colonel Nicholas Gray, Register of the Land Office at Washington, Mippi. Territory, West of Pearl River. I have the honour to be very respectfully Yours,

Josiah Meigs

P.S. The Proclamation has produced, at the Land-Office at St. Stephens, M.T. the same salutary effects as at Washington.



“Land-Office, West of Pearl River, 22. January 1816.

“Our Sales had begun to slacken, until the President’s Proclamation appeared, and had general circulation: This day I have sold 2782 Acres, and expect to-morrow to sell more.”

Nicholas Gray.

DNA: RG 107—LRRS—Letters Received by the Secretary of War, Registered Series.

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