James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Morton, 9 January 1802

From John Morton, 9 January 1802

Havana, Jan. 9. 1802


Begging a reference to the enclosed Copies of my last Letters, I have at present little more to add than that a considerable number of our Vessels have since arrived from different quarters; none of which have yet been permitted to enter or land their Cargos, altho’ at the same time none have been obliged to depart. An Order has appeared in a public paper, which I enclose, respecting the residence of strangers; but which from my Communications with the Governor, I have no idea will be put fully in force.

The first Order respecting our Vessels, as well as this last, are intended to express more than they mean; & which will be forwarded to the Court of Madrid by a Ship of War which has been some time preparing, & which it is expected will depart in a day or two hence; & we shall then look for a more indulgent & attentive regard to the American Conc⟨erns⟩ now depending.

I shall continue to inform you Sir of the future occurre⟨nces⟩ in this quarter; & use my utmost ende⟨avors⟩ to obtain as favorable an issue as possi⟨ble.⟩ I remain Sir With much respect Your Mo: Ob. Servt.

Jno: Morton

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