James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Lee, 10 August 1802

From William Lee, 10 August 1802

Bordeaux Augt. 10th 1802


Since my respects of the 22 Ulto. and 2d. inst. there has entered at this port the Schooner Hiphza of Boston from Corunna bringing as passengers eighteen distressed seamen.

Ship Mercury from Havre navigated by ten men discharged per agreement having shipped at Havre to work their passage here.

Ship Wade Hampton of and from Charleston via London, entered as a French Ship and dischargd. her crew amounting to fourteen men.

Ship Echo’ of Norfolk entered as french and discharged her crew composed of twelve men.

Which together with the Crew of the Brig two Brothers of Boston wrecked near the mouth of the River and twelve strollers from Nantz & Marseilles make Seventy three Seamen who have been thrown on my hands since the Ship Jefferson sailed by which vessel I sen⟨t⟩ home seventy one. I thought proper to state this to you that you might see the necessity of instructing me on this head.

I take the liberty to inclose you the Tarif of new duties. With respect I have the honor to remain Your humble Servt.

William Lee

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