James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William E. Hũlings, 18 October 1802

From William E. Hũlings

New Orleans 18th. October 1802


I have the honour to inclose you an extract from a decree this day published by the Intendant of the Province of Louisiana; by which you will see that the Americans are no longer permitted to deposit their Merchandize in this City.1

No information of any other place being appropriated for an American deposit, is yet given; nor have we any reason to hope that Govt. has such a place in View. The season for the Cotton from the Natchez, and other produce from the Settlements higher up, to come down, approaches. The difficulties and risks of property that will fall on the Citizens of the United States, if deprived of their deposit, are incalculable, their Boats being so frail, and so subject to be sunk by storms, that they cannot be converted into floating Stores, to wait the arrival of Sea Vessels to carry away their Cargoes.2

The Port is also this day shut against all foreign Commerce, which can only be carried On by Spanish Subjects in Spanish Bottoms. I am Sir, Most respectfully Your Most Obdt. Servt.

Wm. E Hũlings

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