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    James Madison 1805 Letter as Secretary of State Manuscript letter signed, "James Madison" as Secretary of State, 7.75" x 9.75", Washington, March 15, 1805 to Gideon Leet of Saybrook, Connecticut concerning the brig Matilda. He writes: "It appears that shortly after the receipt of the papers respecting the Matilda, a representation was made to the government of Sweden, through its Consul... here, with a view to obtain indemnity for the injury: This gentleman, in answer to a request for information, observes, that the case has been taken up by his government and that no determination had been made, according to his last advises. But considering the delay which has already taken place and that the business may perhaps be more effectively pursued by our Minister at London, it will be hereafter confided to him..." Very light creases otherwise quite fine with a deep, dark signature. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    13th Wednesday
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