James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Carlos Martínez de Yrujo, 18 November 1803

To Carlos Martínez de Yrujo

Department of State. Novr. 18th. 1803.


Mr. John Hollins1 a respectable Citizen of Baltimore, conceives that much injustice is done him at the Havannah, by the unnecessary and extraordinary delay of a Tribunal there, to decide on a case in which he is very deeply interrested. The enclosed explanation of it from himself,2 will enable you to judge of the grounds of this complaint; and will I flatter myself, induce you to interpose in a manner best calculated to hasten the decision which is wished, or otherwise bring about a removal of the suit to Madrid, and a final judgement according to its merits.3 I add nothing farther on the subject, Sir, because I am too well persuaded of your regard for justice and for the honor of your Government, and its institutions, to doubt the readiness of your aid as far as it may be proper, and the case may require. I am &c.

James Madison.

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