James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hans Rudolph Saabye, 12 April 1803

From Hans Rudolph Saabye, 12 April 1803

Copenhagen ye. 12 April 1803


The last letter, which I had the honor to address to you, bore date the 11 Sept. last. The Circulary, issued by the Department of State of 26 August last, reached me a few days ago. Due Attention will be paid to its contents, begging leave to refer, to what I had the honor to report the 16. Jan. of last Year, with that respect. And if you now will permit me, I add this one Remark, that the Allowance of 12 cents per diem for a sailor’s maintenance, is quite insuficient for their support, not only here, but also at the greater part of the large Trading Cities, and ought to be stippulated at as much again, lest they might be exposed to real Want. The pay for common Workman is here about 40 cents a day.

Our Winter has been rather severe and tedious, and Navigation only opened of late. Nevertheless we have had several arrivals from the united States.

The Situation of Trade must for a great part depend on the Issue of the Negotiations, now pending, respecting the misunderstanding which has arisen ⟨bet⟩ween England and france. Notwithstanding the very gloomy appearances, which this contest offers now, it is to be hoped, and devoutly to be wishe⟨d,⟩ that matters may take a more peaceable turn.

Here we are as yet quite tranquil. The only Equipment which has been made, is a frigate, destined for the Mediterrenean to protect the danish Trade there. I beg leave ⟨to⟩ hand you inclosed, the usual List of the Ship⟨s⟩ belonging to the united States, which passed t⟨his⟩ Year to and from the Baltic. I have the honor to remain with due respec⟨t⟩ Sir Your mo. obed & mo. hble. Se⟨rvt.⟩

H. R. Saabye

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