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Monday, May 29, 2017

President James Madison's and President James Monroe's Gifts from Foreign States: Forbidden Gifts or Emoluments?

Jonathan Fildes, Science probe for ‘space pistols, BBC News 

(May 26, 2008, 4;17 GMT), 

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Science probe for 'space pistols'

By Jonathan Fildes 
Science and technology reporter, BBC News

Given pride of place in an unassuming museum on the East Coast of America is a pair of 200-year-old duelling pistols shrouded in mystery.

The intricately decorated guns were said to have been forged from the iron of a meteorite.
They were a unique gift from the commander of a South American region, which would later become Argentina, to the fourth US president, James Madison.
"Permit me therefore to present to your Excellency... a specimen of the first essays of the manufacture of arms established in the provinces of Buenos Ayres and Tucuman," wrote General Ignacio Alvarez in an accompanying 14-page letter.
Over time, they passed into the hands of Madison's successor - James Monroe - and are now on display at a museum dedicated to him. ...

Citation: Seth Barrett Tillman, President James Madison’s and President James Monroe’s Gifts from Foreign States: Forbidden Gifts or Emoluments?, New Reform Club (May 29, 2017, 5:38 AM),  

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