James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Maury, 12 November 1791

From James Maury

Liverpool 12 Novr 1791

Dr Sir,

Since my Respects of 29th July I have recieved 2 Hhds of your Tobaccoe per Venus—landed—the Success is just arrived with another. I thank you for these Consignments—your Draft in favor Philips & C for £21 is honored. Our Virginia Staple is so far mended as to have better Demand of late, tho’ with very little amendment of price. I again repeat my Recommendation that you give Directions to have a part of yr next Shipment Topstemed. I think the Superior proceeds would well reimburse the Loss of the Weight & Labor.

I have great Satisfaction in observing to you that the prosperity of our Funds has at length awakened the Money Holders in this Country. Many are already become great purchasers at the advanced prices.

I have great Hopes this session that you will have compleated the Consular Act.1 Without it I have not the power of rendering that effectual Service to my Countrymen I wish. With it the Duties of my Office will require a good deal of Attention. This port is so peculiarly adapted to America that the Intercourse daily increases. Last year will be exceeded by departures hence in this at least fifty. The Vessell by which this is sent will be the ninety seventh since the first of last January. I am with great Esteem & Respect Dr Sir yr most obt St

James Maury

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1On 14 Apr. 1792 Washington signed “An Act concerning Consuls and Vice-Consuls,” which authorized consuls to settle the estates of deceased Americans abroad, salvage wrecked American ships and cargoes, and collect fees for their services (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , I, 254–57). JM may have had a hand in the original selection of consuls, for Jefferson’s statement respecting consulates, ca. 1 June 1790, which lists proposed candidates for appointment, is preserved in the Madison Papers at the Library of Congress (Boyd, Papers of Jefferson description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (20 vols. to date; Princeton, 1950—). description ends , XVII, 245, 249–52).

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