James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Frederick Degen, 21 April 1806

Naples 21st. April 1806


I did myself the honor to address you the 17th. December via Leghorn, of which I take the liberty to annex you a Copy herewith.

I sincerely regret the want of my Instructions and Commission for the consular office, which are not yet arrived, but I flatter myself that Duplicates have been forwarded and that the Same will soon be in my possession. My most zealous exertions will then be employed to be usefull to the Governmt. of the United States.

The fate of this country is already decided by the Emperor of the French. Prince Joseph Bonaparte will soon be crowned as king of Naples. He is at present in Calabria where it is presumed he will treat with the late King for the Cession of Sicily. This country is now intirely occupied by the French forces, excepted Gaeta, a Strong Place Commanded by the German Prince Hesse Philipsthal, and a Small Fortress in the Adriatique.

I have the honor to Subscribe myself Respectfully Sir Your obedt. Servt

Fred. Degen

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

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