James Madison
Letter Signed




(1751-1836) Fourth President of the United States considered the "Father of the Constitution", he authored the Federalist papers and sponsored the Bill of Rights.

Letter Signed "James Madison" as Secretary of State, 1p. 4to., [Washington], July 12, 1805, a printed "Circular to the Consuls and Commercial Agents of the United States" instructing them to cease the issuance of old certificates issued to Americans purchasing foreign vessels.  He writes, in part: "The multiplied abuses of the certificates which the Consuls of the United States were, by the instructions of the 1st August, 1801... notwithstanding the precautions taken against them, have led to the conclusion, that a discontinuance of the certificates altogether, is the only effectual remedy.  You will therefore forbear to grant any certificate whatever relative to such purchases, except to those who may satisfy you that the purchase was made without knowing this alteration in your instructions...To the commercial Agents in France new commissions, accommodated to the existing from of government therein, are enclosed herewith..."

Light horizontal folds, otherwise very clean and bright with a dark, bold signature.  Very fine condition.

Conservation matted and framed


James Madison

Document Type:

Letter Signed

Framed Dimensions:

12 1/4" w x 14"h



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