James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 22 September 1801

From Sylvanus Bourne, 22 September 1801

Consular Office. U.S Amsterdam Sepr. 22 1801


I here inclose you the Leyden Gazette of this day in which you will find some detail Accts of the revolution of the Govt of this Country now operating at the Hague & of the progress & issue of which I shall keep you duly advised.

It appears that the Emperor has proceeded to Countenance of the Elections of the Bishops of Cologne & Munster notwithstanding the express opposition of Prussia & France. What may be the result a little time will serve to develop. Look which way we will—we cannot yet discern that Common base & center on which the affairs of Europe will probably settle down—& we may yet expect important changes before that event arrives. I forwarded to you a few days past a packett of letters from Mr Pinckney our Minister at Madrid who favord us with his society in this City for a Week & on the 19h. Inst. proceeded on to the place of his destination.

I shall be much obligd to you ⟨to⟩ note to me the progress of events & the political State of our Country when you ⟨have⟩ a moment of leisure, & any new public⟨ations⟩ on that head will be very acceptable. I have the honor to be In great Respect Yr. Ob Servt

S. Bourne

Should you have in your possession any Prints of the President of US which are good resemb⟨lance⟩ I will thank you to send me two or three Copies as I have never been able to m⟨eet⟩ with one in this City.

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