James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Stacey, 11 September 1801

From George Stacey, 11 September 1801

Isle of France Sepr. 11th. 1801.


I have the honor to inform You that several American vessels have arrived here within a short time past in consequence of the opening of the intercourse, between the United States and France. The whole of the Convention hath not yet arrived officially to this Government, but only the fourth & Seventeenth Article’s, which have been adopted & promulgated by the Governor General & copies thereof sent to me by him. I conceive it Sir, to be my duty to give you this information, or any other (which may in the least degree interest the United States,) untill I can in an official manne⟨r be⟩ removed from the post which I have the honor to hold.

This Government appears perfectly well disposed towards the United States, and desirous to faci⟨li⟩tate their Commerce in this Colony altho’ from some imperious politica⟨l⟩ reasons The Governor General, Maga⟨llon⟩ has been obliged to detain for a sh⟨ort⟩ time all neutral ships, among wh⟨ich⟩ some Americans ready for sea, but ⟨this⟩ I am confident was an act of necessity not choice, as I beleive him s⟨in⟩cerely desirous to maintain a perfe⟨ct⟩ friendship & good understanding wi⟨th⟩ the United States, and to render every facility in his power. I have the honor to be, Sir, with highest respects, Your most obedient and most humble Servant.

Geo. Stacey

Vice-Consul of the U. States at the Isle of France.

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