James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hans Rudolph Saabye, 31 August 1803

From Hans Rudolph Saabye, 31 August 1803

Copenhagen ye. 31 August 1803.


I hope my last Respects of 12 April have reached you.

This covers now the usual list of American Ships, which passed the Sound since the beginning of the Year, til the end of June last.

Their number has not been inconsiderable, and it appears, that the Trade from America to the Baltic will be an object of importance this Year.

Hitherto the Conduct of the belligerant Powers towards neutral Ships gives no cause of complaints.

They have been but seldom molested, and those which have been carried in, have either been released after a short detention, or if their Cargoes were proved Ennemy’s property, they have kept them on paying the freight.

The occupation of Hanover by the french, & the blocus of the Elb and Weser, which happened in consequence of it, is very oppressive to those, who usually navigate these Rivers for the sake of their Imports & exports, being now obliged to find vent for them in an other m⟨an⟩ner, at a very considerable expence. T⟨he⟩ measure is of no prejudice to Denmark, wh⟨ose⟩ Trade must in many respects gain by it.

Tho’ the approach of foreign Armies s⟨o⟩ near our frontiers, has also obliged this Gover⟨n⟩ment, to assemble an army of near 20000 M⟨en⟩ in Holstein, is this only to be considered a measure of precaution, and Denmarks neutrality, Seems in no danger of being disturb⟨’d.⟩

The Government have also endeavour’d to provi⟨de⟩ by wise Regulations, that the property of the nations at war, can’t easily be coverd by the Danish Flag.

A few days since I had the honor to receive the Circulary of 9⟨th.⟩ April, covering the Laws of the last Congr⟨ess.⟩

I wont fail to wait on you, as soon as poss⟨ible⟩ with the intelligence, respecting light Mon⟨ey⟩ &c., which you wish to be supplied with. I shall strictly conform myself to the supplementary Act, concerning consuls and vice Consuls, which contain every thing, desirable on the subject. I have the honor to remain Sir Your mo. obed & mo. hble. Servt.

H. R. Saabye

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