James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Mitchell, 28 March 1803

From John Mitchell, 28 March 1803

Havre 28 March 1803


Thinking it interesting to the United States, to be informed of What is passing in Europe, I have taken the Liberty to send you an Extract of a Letter I have recd. from Paris of 26 inst.

"I think War inevitable. The Dutch Troops &c that went to take posession of the Cape good hope Are Made Prisoners, that is, they are allowed to Land Under Many restrictions and not to take the Country under their Government.

"A British frigate that Saild long after the Dutch fleet, Arrived first at the Cape, with orders to keep possion of the Cape &c.

"The Capitulation is published in an English paper of 22 March". With perfect respect I am Sir, Your very Obd. Servt.

John Mitchell

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