James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Buchanan, 26 January 1802

From William Buchanan, 26 January 1802

Isle of France Port N. West 26 January 1802


I have the pleasure of acknowledging the receipt of the duplicate of your Circular under the date of the 1st. of August 1801 to the Consuls & Commercial Agents of the United States, which has given me the first information, that I was appointed Commercial Agent at this Port. My Commission has not arrived, but I think, it will not be long, before I shall receive it, as my Friends Messrs S Smith & Buchanan inform me, it was forwarded by a Vessel, which sailed some time prior to the departure of the Conveyance, which brought me your Duplicate.

George Stacey Esqr., who was appointed, by our late Consul, Vice Consul, will continue to perform the duties of the Office, untill I recieve my Commission. When I enter on the duties of the Office, your instructions shall be most rigidly observed & I am confident, that the Administration at this Island will willingly cooperate with me, by adopting such measures as will enable me to detect any Ship, which may be sailing under the Flag of the United States with counterfeit Sea Letters, tho’ at present any measures to accomplish so desirable an Object are rendered unnecessary as Administration have recieved Officialy by way of the Cape of Good Hope a Copy of the Preliminary Articles of Peace between England & France.

You will be so kind as to thank the President in my Name for the Confidence, he has been pleased to repose in me & assure him, that every thing shall be done on my part to give Satisfaction to such of my Compatriots as may have occasion to visit this Island. I have the Honor to be Sir with much respect your most obedient Servt.

W Buchanan

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