James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 27 July 1801

From Sylvanus Bourne, 27 July 1801

Consular Office of the U.S. Amsterdam July 27 1801.


Capt. Pastorius from Philadelphia gave me a few days past two letters from the Department of State for Mr. Murray which I have duly sent on to Paris where he yet remains. I had yesterday a few lines from him in which he expresses encouraging hopes that an Exchange of Ratifications will take place in a few days & that he shall probably return to the Hague by the 5h. of Augt.

The Affairs of Europe remain in the same uncertain & problematical position, as at the time I had last the honor to address you. Whenever any event may arise which may give them a more decided turn & open a clearer prospect of the ⟨Issue⟩ I shall not fail to advise you thereof. I am Sir, in great Respect Yr. Ob. Servt.

S. Bourne

Mr. Purviance Son of the Collector of Baltimore who has letters from your department for Mr. Murray has just arrived here.

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