James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Anthony Terry, 15 February 1803

From Anthony Terry, 15 February 1803


Cadíz 15th: February 1803.


I had the honour of writing you the 16th. December ulto. whereof ⟨enclos⟩ed is a Copy. Since said period repeated orders came from Madrid not [. . .] any American Vessels in to the Spanish Ports even with Certificates ⟨from⟩ the Spanish Consuls in the U.S. but several put in here quite in ⟨distre⟩ss & some who brought Certificates were permitted to remain till an ⟨ord⟩er from the Court of Madrid, would be finally received; every post ⟨brou⟩ght new orders to turn every Vessel out, but having waited on the Govor. & ⟨in⟩formed him that I had intentions of sending an express to Madrid, And [. . .]ted he would not put the orders in execution till the return of the ⟨expres⟩s, & he promising me to Suspend till then. I dispatch’d an Express to ⟨Mr.⟩ J. Yznardy who was then at Madrid on the 28th. ulto. & on the first [. . .]aid Mr. Yznardy sent back the express with an order from the ⟨min⟩ister to this Governor who I personally deliver’d; ordering that all ⟨Vesse⟩ls bringing Certificates from the Spanish Consuls to be admitted [. . .] this Port after performing only 20 days Quarenteen. Mr. Yznardys [. . .]ss at Madrid was extreamely extraordinary & is a most convincing ⟨proo⟩f of his influence at Court & of his exertions for the interest of ⟨Am⟩erican Citizens. I think it would be quite necessary to make ⟨kno⟩wn as public as possible the absolute necessity of Masters of ⟨Vess⟩els bound to this Kingdom to be provided with Certificates of the ⟨Spa⟩nish Consuls, & as it happens frequently that Vessels arrive from ⟨Ports⟩ in the U.S. where there is no Consuls, they should obtain them ⟨from⟩ those who reside in the nearest Port.

The Service which Mr. Yznardy has render’d to our Country is so much more interesting as Several of the Vessels laying here, are ⟨under⟩ an absolute impossibility of going to Sea without a compleat rep⟨air⟩ & had this Governor insisted on turning them out; several Masters ⟨of⟩ Vessels would have Shewn that the Situation of their Vessels wou⟨ld⟩ not permit it, without an eminent danger of their lifes & this might have occasion’d some difficulties which would have been very delicate to settle.

Inclosed is a List of the American Vessel⟨s⟩ enter’d in this Port in the last Six month 1802—as likewise a [. . .] half of the Register of Ship Fame sold in this Harbour.

I am hourly expecting Mr. J. Yznardy from Madrid. I have the honor to be with the most perf⟨ect⟩ respect—Sir—Your most obt. hble ⟨Servt.⟩

Anthony Terry

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