James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Josef Yznardy, 21 May 1801

From Josef Yznardy, 21 May 1801

Philaa. May 21st. 1801.


I have the honor to acquaint you that I went to that City, last year and Remained two Months to have the pleasure of knowing you personally, and as my Chief to pay my Respects to you, and congratulate you, in your New Office, so properly placed under your Care.

I have and had with me different letters from your friends, and mine, Particularly One from Mr. Yrujo Recommending me to your Protection, in the Public business of the Consular Office at Cadiz, in which I was treated very ill by certain Persons, as will appear by the Documents in your Office; And learning your not being able to be at that place shortly and business of importance urging me to come here, prevented my seeing you; & at that time Our Honble. President done me the Justic⟨e.⟩ I merrit in Restoring the Office to my Son, and farther the determinations, he thought proper, concerning the ⟨Law⟩ Suits, with which I suppose you are already fully acquainted, therefore I wish not, to occupy your t⟨ime⟩ by Repeating them.

By what my Son Joseph ⟨Mr.⟩ Yznardi has wrote me, I conceive that the imp⟨or⟩tant Secret Business proposed by me to our S[. . .] President, as soon as time will permitt, will be ⟨taken⟩ into consideration by you, for which moment ⟨I⟩ will wait, in hopes that if it can be accompl⟨ished⟩ that it will prove beneficial to both Countries.

I would wish also to have Offici⟨al⟩ information of the Manner that the Consular Offi⟨ce⟩ ought to be conducted in, with the explicit pow⟨ers⟩ under which Consuls are to act, freeing them from the Arbitrary Pretensions & Proceedings of Masters of [. . .] and ignorant Citizens, as there is no law or Regulati⟨on⟩ to that Purpose; for otherwise the Consuls cann⟨ot⟩ defend the Rights of their Offices, particularly, when ⟨they⟩ are not obeyed acting according to the Ordinances ⟨of⟩ other Naval Nations, which Subject you will also, at ⟨your⟩ leisure consider of.

Your being pleased to consid⟨er⟩ these observations & instructing agreeable to you⟨r⟩ opinion, otherwise Men of honor cannot Remain in Possession of their Offices. I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obt. & Humble Servt.

Josef Yznardy

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