James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Bulkeley, 14 April 1802

From Thomas Bulkeley, 14 April 1802

Lisbon 14 April 180⟨2⟩


I embrace this conveyance the Ship Perseverance Captn. Coggeshall bound to New York (on board which goes Col Humphreys his wife my sister passengers taking with him a valuable acquisition to our Country of 100 Sheep of the famous Spanish breed as to quantity & quality of wool they produce)—To hand you the list of the trade to Porto to compleat the whole up to the 31 december last. Those already sent by the Strafford Kennedy Master hope have been received. The quarantine laid on our vessels has been taken off a month since. It was not inflicted for more than ten days ⟨ow⟩ing to my repeated remonstrances altho the first ⟨or⟩der was for the rigorous one of 40 days. Yesterday I laid in a claim with this Government for seizure & condemnation at Pernambuco of the Schooner Samuel of Boston late Danl. Savage Commander on suspicion only of an intention of Illicit trade. The supercargo is here who brought the whole pro⟨cess⟩ with him but being desirous to have the claim deliv⟨ered⟩ in without delay he woud not permit their being copied particularly so as he expects to receive thre⟨e⟩ copies which he left at Pernambuco to be sent hi⟨m⟩ here by different conveyances. Whatever may be the result you shall be immediately informed to be enabled to lay the whole before His Excellency The President.

The definitive treaty at Amiens was signed the 27 Ulto:. I have the honor to be with the highest resp⟨ect⟩ Sir Your most humble & most Obed Servt.

Thomas Bulkeley

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