§ To I. Hays and C. Amory
22 April 1804, Department of State. “I duly received your letter [not found] enclosing a collection of documents respecting the Ship Perseverance. The late Convention with Spain having been ratified on our part,1 as soon as a similer [sic] form has been communicated to it by the King of Spain, a Board will be organized with powers to examine all unjust captures and detentions by Spanish subjects, imputable to the Spanish Government, which took place during the last war. How far your two cases of the above mentioned Vessel and the Ship Mercury2 are of that class, and the amount of compensation due, the Board alone can officially and authorita[ti]vely decide.”
Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). 2 pp.
1. For the ratification of the claims convention between Spain and the U.S., see JM to Charles Pinckney, 6 Feb. 1804, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 6:438–41 and n. 2.
2. The Perseverance of Boston, Capt. B. Knox, was detained at Algeciras, Spain, on 18 Sept. 1801. The claim amounted to $13,500 (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Foreign Relations, 5:45). For the Mercury, see JM to J. C. Amory and others, 31 Mar. 1802, and Charles Pinckney to JM, 12 Nov. 1803, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 3:91, 6:36.