James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Jarvis, 2 November 1803

From William Jarvis, 2 November 1803

Lisbon 2d. Novr. 18⟨03⟩


By the Ship Edward, Capn. [. . .] via Philadelphia I had the honor to address the fo[. . .].

It would seem that the British Gov⟨ern⟩ment are apprehensive for the safety of British [. . .] in this Country and Spain, from the Notice put up [. . .] Lloyd’s Coffee house that all vessels intended for Spain & Portugal were not to be cleared out until further orders. This if a fact implies danger from a quarter altogether unexpected; however, it may only be a measure of precaution growing out of the uncertainty of the British Cabinet of the intentions of the French Government toward this Country. If the information in my last is correct this point is now ascertained; and that it is correct seems to be generally understood here; but still some difficulty may arise with the English Court from the Terms upon which the neutrality of the two Kingdoms have been confirmed by France, it being the general opinion that it was by paying a large Sum of Money. On the other hand it is still said as it regards Portugal that the neutrality was effected through the mediation of Russia; a seeming contradiction of it’s being purchased.

The inclosed from Mr. Simpson informed me of the misunderstanding with Morocco being adjusted: upon which I congratulate Government. Inclosed are likewise letters from Messrs. Graham, Leonard and Preble. With the highest consideration, I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

William Jarvis

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