1809.046: Richmond Enquirer Extra of November 29, 1809.
Full Title: Enquirer Extra. Washington, November 29, 1809. The President . . . this day communicated . . . the following message to Congress . . . James Madison.
Place Issued: Richmond
Issuing Press: Thomas Ritchie
Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 33 cm. x 23 cm. (broadside).
Sheet reported the text of President Madison's annual address to Congress, dated November 29th, as did the extra edition of the Virginia Argus issued two days later (1809.047); the bulk of that message concerned the British response to the repeal of the 1807 Embargo Act a year before, which Congress believed would result in the revocation of the Orders in Council to interdict American maritime commerce in the Atlantic; Madison reported those orders had not revoked, and detailed incidents of double-dealing by British emissaries, particularly their appeals in Federalist papers designed to undermine the State Department's authority. That the Enquirer received this text before the Virginia Argus illustrates the closer publicity ties to the administration held by Thomas Ritchie over those of the elder Samuel Pleasants.
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