James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert W. Fox, 5 May 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Robert W. Fox

5 May 1804, Falmouth. “I have already sent thee the List of American Ships arrived here to the end of last year.1 I have since been favoured with thy circular of the 10th. Octobr.,2 the contents of which will have my best attention. Since my last 2 Vessels are carried into Plymouth by the British Cruizers as thee wilt perceive by the Copy of a Letter from my Consular Agent there.3 I acquainted our Friend Munroe at London of this circumstance.4

“The American Seamen who have certificate of Citizenship and have been impressed in this Neighbourhood have been liberated on a proper representation, except one, who is ordered to be given up, but the Ship of War is not as yet returned into Port. Ships of the United States continue in demand for freights in preference to other Neutrals. Wheat & Flour continue very low fine Flour 40/ à 44/ per Sack of 2½ ℔. Coffee is much advanced in England and Rice is selling at better prices. Most of the United States Ships that have called here in the last 2 months loaden with Tobacco &ca. have sailed for Holland & France; a great many American Vessels have arrived at Naples, Leghorn &ca. with West & East India produce and these Markets have in consequence been frequently over done and prices thereby much fallen. Trade is very dull in most parts of this Nation. I have received the form of the new Register, which I hope will be very usefull.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, CD, Falmouth, vol. 2). RC 2 pp.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Fox; docketed by Brent as received 3 Aug. For enclosure, see n. 3.

1See Fox to JM, 10 Mar. 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 , 6:577–78.

2Fox no doubt meant JM’s circular of 1 Oct. 1803, ibid., 5:479.

3The enclosure (1 p.) is a copy of a letter from John Hawker dated 27 Apr. 1804, informing Fox that the ship Sally of Boston and the brig Harriet of Louisiana had been sent into Plymouth and were being held there until various charges had been settled.

4Filed with this letter is a copy of Fox to Monroe, 1 May 1804 (1 p.).

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