James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Mitchell, 10 April 1806

Paris 10 April 1806


At same time that I cover You Copy of my last of the 10. Ulto. I take the Liberty to give the substance of an article that has appeared in the journal of Commerce this day.. as from Hambourg.- 1st. of April 1806. "Yesterday the British Consul gave orders to all the Captns. of Vessells, of His Nation to quit the Port in 24 hours. In consequence, Many saild same day & the rest have gone this day. Many Swedish & Russian vessells have done the same. An English frigat attended at the Mouth of the River to escort them. The motive of this order is not exactly known. The probable reason is, that, the British Government had demanded by its Ambassidor at Berlin an explination relative to the taking posession of Hanover, the Answer to Which was not satisfactory. They presume the Elbe will be again blockaded.⟨"⟩

Should the Blockade again take place it wi⟨ll⟩ probably injure Many of our Merchants tradin⟨g⟩ there. Here (but with what foundation I can’t say), it has been reported for some time past, that there was a plan ⟨in⟩ Contemplation to Shut up the Sound and not permitt any British Vessells to enter. I have the Honor to be with perfect respec⟨t⟩ Sir, Your most Obedient Servt.,

John Mitchell
V. Coml. Agt. at Havre.

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Havre.

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