James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert W. Fox, 8 August 1801

From Robert W. Fox, 8 August 1801

Falmouth 8 August 1801

Esteemed Friend

Since my last respects nothing particular has occurred worth writing thee about. A great number of Ships have touched here for orders and proceeded to different ports in England, Hambro’, Holland & France without any of their crews being mollested.

Grain & Flour have much declined in price; and at present the Weather is exceeding fine so that I expect these articles will continue to fall. Flour is worth 65/ a 72/ Per. Barrel. Government have not as yet paid the difference of price between that at which sundry Cargoes of Flour have been sold & 90/ per Barrel, but I expect it will ere long be settled. American Shipping continue to be perferred to all other Neutrals even at advanced freights.

I hoped to send by this opportunity a List of the Vessels arrived in this district for the last 6 Months, but I have not as yet received it from the different ports.

I intend to send thee per this opportunity a Bundle of Newspapers. I am with great respect Thy assurred Friend,

Rob. W. Fox

13. Aug.

Flour is fallen to 48/ a 56/. Wheat—fallen 20/ a 30/ per Quarter.

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