James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George W. Erving, 20 October 1801

From George W. Erving, 20 October 1801

London, 20th: Octr: 1801.


I have this day received your ⟨ci⟩rcular of the 1st: Augst:. The instructions and directions which it contains in all cases which occur shall meet with the ⟨u⟩tmost attention. I wish it were possible in this place, to ⟨c⟩omply strictly also with the general instructions to Consuls, which require that a semi-annual Accot: should be transmitted to the Department of State of all the American Vessels ⟨w⟩hich enter their several Ports. Not one in twenty of the Captains who arrive here, ever present themselves to the Consul; when a Cargo is such as that a declaration must be made ⟨of⟩ its having been landed that Certificates may be granted to be returned to the U. S. then the Captain must present himself, and my Predecessor has kept a list of such Vessels which is continued by myself: in future of course there will be very few even of those. The regulation which I have taken the liberty to suggest at the conclusion of my last letter, perhaps would be the most effectual way of seeing a correct retur⟨n⟩ of Vessels, as well as many other good purposes, and does n⟨ot⟩ seem to be liable to any objection or abuse. I have the honour to be Sir, with great respect Your very Obedt: Servt:

George W Erving

Referring to cases of particular hardship mentioned ⟨in⟩ my last I take the liberty of Enclosing my ⟨le⟩tter to Mr. King, in pursuance of which he has ⟨en⟩deavoured to make some arrangement but ⟨hi⟩therto without Effect.

G. W. E

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