James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 10 July 1801

From Sylvanus Bourne, 10 July 1801

Amsterdam July 10th. 1801.


I have some letters by last post from Paris (tho’ not Official) which mention that an Exchange of the Ratification of the Treaty had not then taken place but was expected to be done Shortly.

The affairs of Egypt yet remain in a very uncertain State & we have no very late Accounts from thence which can be relied on as authentic.

Portugal it seems has come to an arrangement with Spain but it is said that the Consul of France has not seen proper as yet to give his Assent to it. Some difficulties seem also to have arisen between the Consul & the Pope on the Subject of eclesiastick arrangements which the latter is desirous to make for the consolidation of his Government.

The Affairs of the North with GB appe⟨ar⟩ to be in a train of Settlement—but the Ki⟨ng⟩ of Prussia has not yet consented to evacu⟨ate⟩ Hanover. The knotty subject of indemnities presented by the treaty of Lun⟨eville⟩ it is believed will be accomplished with ⟨more⟩ ease than was at first expected. Gantheaumes Squadron is expected by the la⟨test⟩ Accot. to have been at Messina in Sicily ⟨their⟩ destination still unknown as is that of ⟨the⟩ small fleet which lately sailed from Ha⟨vre.⟩

Great preparations are said to be making ⟨in⟩ all the Ports of France for an important expedition, but I regard it as a politic⟨al⟩ maneuver to have ⟨an⟩ affect on the existing negotiations between France & England—f⟨rom⟩ which many persons anticipate the hap⟨py⟩ event of peace but I have yet doubts it is near. In sentiments of great Respect I am Sir Yr Ob Ser⟨vt.⟩

S. Bour⟨ne⟩

The inclosed paper of this date contains an interesting Estimate of the Revenue & Expenditures of G.B. by Mr. Tierney.

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