James Madison Papers

From James Madison to George G. Lee, 23 November 1802

To George G. Lee

Department of State Washington
23d. Novr. 1802.


I have received this day a letter from Mr. Willis our Consul at Barcelona,1 respecting the forged Mediterranean passports, which you informed me were in circulation and [of] which you handed me a specimen. His statement suggesting probable utility of a greater precision of form in your information, I must beg the favor of you to give to me under oath with any additional circumstances your memory may furnish: in particular what was the inducement for Captain Lewis not only to disclose the falsity of the passport he navigated under and his being possessed of several forged blanks but to give you one: whether Captain Lewis had any share in the Pomona or was a general partner in trade with Mr. Willis: what papers she had with which to navigate the Mediterranean before Willis and others purchased her (you state that she had been condemned some years previously to Lewis  [)]2 whether you ever told Mr. John Adams that you received the blank forged passport from Messrs. Samadet and Cushing of Marsailles. Mr. Adams has stated in his deposition transmitted by Mr. Willis, that to the best of his belief you did tell him so. I am &ca.

James Madison.

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