James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Ritchie, 18 September 1801

From Robert Ritchie, 18 September 1801

On Board the Brig General Warren, Pennsyla. Quarentine Ground. 18 Sepbr. 1801


Permit me to inform you that business peculiarly interesting to me, having subjected me to visit America I arrived here this day direct from Port Republicain.

The suddeness of my descision to this step, precluded me from earlier anouncing it to you, but I beg leave to assure you that from the measures I have taken and arrangement made with Mr. John Linn a young american Gentleman who has acted as my assistant ever Since I held my appointment as Consul for the United States I feel confident that my public duties will be satisfactorily discharged during my absence. Had I not been fully persuaded of this circumstance I should not on any consideration have left my seat of residence.

I take the liberty Sir of solliciting thro’ you the sanction of the President for my remaining the few months in America my business will require, and if I may expect the favour that you will inform me thereof.

On this occasion I wish to conduct myself in such a manner as to evince the high respect & consideration I entertain for the Government of my Country. I have the honor to be very respectfully your Obt. He. Servt.

Rob Ritchie

Consul of the US of America for Port au Prince & its destrict

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