James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William P. Gardner, 22 June 1803

From William P. Gardner, 22 June 1803

Philadelphia 22nd. June 1803.


I deem it proper to inform you of my Arrival here from the Dutch Colonies on the Coast of Guiana, having perform’d a Quarantine of thirty days in the State of Delaware. I waited some time in those Colonies in Expectation that the Governor wou’d accredit me in my Official Capacity: He inform’d me that not being authoriz’d to do it, the Matter rested between the two Governments. From the impositions laid on the American Commerce in that Country and the Conduct of the persons at present in power, I feel no inclination to retain my situation as Consul of the Colonies of Demerary and Essequibo. I therefore resign my Commission.

Thro’ you Sir, permit me to offer to his Excellency the President of the United States my humble thanks for the Honor conferr’d upon me and to assure you of the high Respect and Esteem with which I have the Honor to be Sir, Your most ob: Hl: Servt.

Wm. P. Gardner

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