Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Yznardi, Sr., 4 April 1803

From Joseph Yznardi, Sr.

Cadiz 4th. April 1803—


I had the honour of writing you the 12th August ultimo, acquainting you of my safe arrival here, and my intentions of going up to Madrid from which place I am just return’d.

The advices given to the Secretary of State James Madison Esqr. concerning the Quarenteen been reduced to Twenty Days thro my personal acquaintance application to the Minister has no doubt been laid before you, and I am happy to see that my Sollicitations to the Court of Madrid has been attended with such benefit to our flagg—

I beg leave to assure you that my utmost exertions will always be govern’d by the Interest of that Country & to merit your full approbation in every respect.

Notwithstanding the reports of an approaching rupture between England & France, we still hope to enjoy the blessings of Peace, & that our trade may thereby encrease to the very utmost extent.

I have the honour to be with the most profound Respect—Sir. Your most obedt, humble servt.

Josef Yznardy

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Yznardi; at foot of text: “To the Honourable Thomas Jefferson—President of the United States of America—Washington”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 May and so recorded in SJL.

quarenteen: the Spanish government had banned all ships arriving from Philadelphia. Vessels arriving from other ports in the United States were subject to a 40-day quarantine. Finding Charles Pinckney to be away from Madrid, Yznardi, as he wrote to Madison on 4 Apr., took the matter up with the Spanish minister of state, Pedro Cevallos, and obtained some loosening of the restrictions. Yznardi continued to pursue the issue and informed Madison in a letter of 20 Apr. that the Spanish had lifted the quarantine for ships that had health certificates from Spanish consuls in the U.S. Ships without such certificates would be subject to only a brief quarantine (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962- , 35 vols., Sec. of State Ser., 1986- , 9 vols., Pres. Ser., 1984- , 7 vols., Ret. Ser., 2009- , 2 vols. description ends , Sec. of State Ser., 4:195, 477, 542; Vol. 37:675n).

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