James Madison Papers

To James Madison from DeWitt Clinton, 25 June 1804

From DeWitt Clinton

New York 25 June 1804


I inclose you a copy of an Affidavit of Thomas Cook1 relative to the outrage lately committed in this port.

Our port is still blockaded by the Cambrian and Boston Frigates which continue stationed in the Bay about two miles this side of the Hook.

The sloop of war Driver is cruizing just outside of the Bar and yesterday brought a vessel to which was coming into port. I have the honor to be &c

(signed)   De Witt Clinton

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, ML); letterbook copy (NNC). RC in a clerk’s hand; marked “(copy).” Letterbook copy is followed by a note: “Thomas Cooke’s Affidavit No. 16.”

1The enclosed copy of Thomas Cook’s deposition, dated 23 June 1804 (2 pp.), stated that Cook, an American citizen, was impressed by William Bradley for service on the Cambrian on 24 Sept. 1803 and served until 19 June 1804. Cook attested that he overheard Bradley ordering Lieutenant Bowles to board the ship Pitt, that guns were cleared to fire if the Cambrian’s men were not allowed on board, and that Bradley further ordered Bowles to impress men from the Pitt, “which was done to the number of fifteen.”

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