James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Ebenezer Stevens, 18 February 1802

To Ebenezer Stevens

Department of State Washington
18th Feby 1802


I received the inclosed certificate from Mr Eaton on the 6th of this month.1 You will be pleased to settle for the freight and demurrage at Tunis, if any thing is due on the latter account and draw a bill on the Purveyor for the amount at so many days sight as may enable me to cause the money to be remitted which ought to be about ten days. Be pleased to write to this Department as soon as you draw.2

The Agents of the owners Messrs. James Stewart & Co of Newyork, suppose themselves entitled to demurrage whilst the vessel lay at Gibraltar, waiting for Convoy. The instructions from this Department to Captain Loughton are inclosed which with the charter party and other papers you will lay before the District Attorney for his opinion, whether any demurrage on this account is due. The inclosed letters from Capt Laughton and Consul Gavino will shew the cause of the vessel’s going into Gibraltar.3 The passport of the Bashaw of Tripoli could not be obtained, and she remained there until the arrival of the American Squadron, one of which escorted her to Tunis. She sailed from Gibraltar on the 4th day of July last. Should the opinion of the District Attorney be, that demurrage is due, you may consent to a reference to ascertain how much, if the material facts can be sufficiently ascertained before the return of the ship. I am &c.

(signed)   James Madison

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