James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Josef Yznardy, 20 December 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Josef Yznardy

20 December 1804, Cádiz. “I had the honour of addressing you on the 3d. instant per Duplicate to which refer; we have been ever since in a State of Suspence and even with some hopes of a reconciliation, notwithstanding the behaviour of the English towards the Spanish Flag; but on this day all our hopes have been frustrated as the inclosed Madrid Gazette will inform you.1

“The loss sustained by this Government and Merchants by the Frigates and Vessels detained by the English Cruizers is regulated to be about Thirty Millions of Dollars.

“Thanks to the Almighty this City is free of the Epidemy, but as yet depriv’ed of Communication with the Inland Towns, and by accounts will not be for some time, as the order is to come from Madrid.” Adds in a postscript: “Government Notes 62%. Spetie verry Scarce.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, CD, Cádiz, vol. 1). RC 2 pp.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Yznardy.

1Yznardy enclosed a copy (12 pp.; in Spanish; filed after May 1804; docketed by Wagner: “Recd in Joseph Yznardi’s 29 [sic] Decr 1804.”) of the 14 Dec. 1804 Gazeta de Madrid.

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