James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas, and Co. Brooks, 20 March 1806

New Orleans 20th. March 1806

Respected Sir

We beg leave to inform the President of the U’States through your medium, of the recent information wch. we have recvd. from Mobile, the substance of which has been, duly communicated to Govr. Claiborne in a Letter from the principal of our House.

We Some time past purchased the greater portion of the crops of Cotton on Mobile River, with the full expectation that such Vessels as we freighted from here would find protection in going to an American Port of Entry. But to our great detriment, the Sch. Mary, & Brig Guyoso have been detained, & are not allowed to go up to Fort Stoddard, and receive our Cotton. Thus situated, It is not in our power to Save ourselves from Loss. While we were justified in Effecting any Commercial Operations in our Territory, We shall hereafter be under the necessity of Petition’g the Govmt. of the U’States for redress for such losses, as we may sustain from the arbitary power Unlawfully exercised by the Spanish Government, and we trust in the Liberality & Justice of our claim. We have the honor to be yr. most obnt.

Thomas Brooks & Co

DNA: RG 59-TP-Territorial Papers, Orleans.

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