§ From Michael Walton
1 February 1805, “Mrs. Kinsey’s Broad Way,” New York. “I had the honor of incloseing a letter from my Bror. Wm: Walton Junr. Merchant in the City of Sto. Domingo, before my departure from Balte.1 since have not been favor’d with your answer. Passing thro’ Phile., I had an interview with Mr. Pichon, who informed, that in consequence of instructions received from Genl. Ferrand, he had sollicited the appointment of Consul for WW Junr. & that you had been pleased to approve of it: permit me to inform you, that a Ship will sail from hence by the 10th. inst: for the City, shou’d you wish to forward any letters, please address them as under:
“Extract of a letter I just received
RC (DNA: RG 59, ML). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner.
1. See Michael Walton to JM, 24 Jan. 1805, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 8:504 and n. 1.
2. For the capture of the ships, see William Walton Jr. to JM, 31 Dec. 1804, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 8:437–38.
3. On 12 Feb. 1805 Wagner acknowledged JM’s receipt of this letter, adding: “It is unus[u]al to correspond on such subjects; but from a consideration of the absence of your Brother and other circumstances, it has not been thought improper to give you an intimation, in this mode, that the appointment desired will not take place” (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14).