James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John M. Forbes, 5 April 1803

From John M. Forbes, 5 April 1803

Hamburgh 5th. April 1803.


I had the honor to address a few lines to you under 2d. Inst. by different opportunities Say—via Boston & New York—accompanying Copies of the Semiannual Report of Entries &c American Vessels in this Port, ending with Decr. 1802. Herewith you have Triplicate of this Report. I wish it was in my power to Communicate any thing Correct on the important discussion between France & England which excites, at this moment, such universal interest. Our latest dates from Paris & London are from the first 28th., the latter of 29th. ulto., when it Seemed that the public were as little informed as we are here. All is mystery and Conjecture, but I have reason to believe that the powerful mediation of Russia will be necessary to Conciliate the Parties, and has been solicited by one or both. If so, the present state of uncertainty may Continue for some Weeks before the reply of the Cabinet of St. Petersburg may be known. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, Your obedt. Servant

John M. Forbes

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