James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Isaac Cox Barnet, 10 September 1802

From Isaac Cox Barnet, 10 September 1802

Bordeaux September 10th. 1802.


I was honoured on the 5th. instant, with your letter of the 22d. June accompanying my Commission of Commercial Agent for Antwerp, and several inclosures. Their duplicates have reached me since.

I am preparing to leave this and expect to be at my post by the beginning of October.

Your Instructions, Sir, and our Laws shall be my only guide in the fulfillment of the important and honourable trust again confided to me. The post assigned me equals my highest wishes, and no efforts shall be wanting in me to merit the confidence and patronage of our Government under its present enlightened Administration.

I shall sign and forward the Bonds required, to my uncle Doctr. O. Barnet of New-Jersey and beg him to transmit them to you duly signed by my Sureties who I presume ought to be resident Americans.

After so long a period of great anxiety, passed in inactivity, with a large family to Support, the receipt of your pacquet, Sir, excited my highest sensibility, and persuaded that your kind suffrage has emminently contributed towards restoring me to Presidential favour, and under the hope that I may find in you a friend and protector, I beg you will accept my grateful acknowledgements and the assurance of my respect & attachment.

I. Cox Barnet

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