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To James Madison from John Mitchell, 25 June 1803

From John Mitchell, 25 June 1803

Havre 25 June 1803


Since closing my Letter of this date the Ship George, J. Greenough Master from ⟨Savanna.⟩ has enterd and reports his haveing been boarded in the Channel by a nomber of British frigats and treated perfectly Polite by all the Captains. Captn. Petrie of the Brig Peggy of & from Norfolk enterd at same time who Complains Much of the treatment He received from Captain Coots, Commanding his Britanic Majestys frigate the Ranger, who took three men from Him all of whom appear on the role of Equipage. Two the Capn. declares to be Native Americans the other is by birth a foreigner. As His Ship was sent into the Downs He wrote to London & Informed our Consul there of the Circomstance—His Letters & packets for this place were broke open, but none taken away.

By this Vessell I have received your Circular Lett⟨er⟩ of the 9 April, and a Valume of Acts passed ⟨in the⟩ first session of 7. Congress, a packet addressed for Mr. Skipwith Paris, & one for Mr. Appleton at Calais which shall be Carefully forwarde⟨d.⟩

You will receive here with a paper Conta⟨ining an⟩ Act of this Government of the 1. Messidor forbiding the entry of any Article the growth or Produce of England or its Colonies, and requireing Certificate of Origin signed by the french Agent where the Vessell sails from. In Case of wanting this Certificate, the Cargo ⟨can⟩ not be landed but on Condition of the Amount of the Cargo being exported in french Produce. As many Vessells are on the way to france that will not have such Certificate, I fear our Merchants w⟨ill⟩ suffer much from this Law. I am with perfect respect Sir, Your Obed. Servt.,

John Mitchell

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