James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Mitchell, 26 June 1803

From John Mitchell, 26 June 1803

Havre 26. June 1803


The detention of the vessell I wrote by Yesterday gives me an oportunity of Addressing you again. I hope you will excuse the Liberty, as it relates meerly to My self. A Letter received from Mr. Barnet of the 24. in reply to mine of the 22d., in a very friendly maner removes all the fears I was under of his supposeing I had in my Letters to you misrepresented his intentions. His appointment at Paris he says may detain him some months. He is pleased that I officiate In his stead here and to pursue the desire of our Goverment, eith⟨er⟩ to Come here, or to return to Antwerp, and only from a desire to serve Me and Meet the Wish of our Goverment in Case it should be disposed to Confirm M⟨y⟩ Appointment does He Consent. Tha⟨t⟩ I beg leave to renue my solicitations, th⟨at⟩ We may both Confirmed in the appointm⟨ents.⟩ With perfect respect I have the honor ⟨to⟩ be, Sir, Your Most Obd. Servt.,

John Mitchell

A small fleet of boats going round to Cherbourg Caused this Vessell to be Detained for a day or two.

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