James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hugh Lennox, Sr., 15 May 1806

Kingston May 15 1806


I have to inform you of my safe arriv⟨a⟩l here on the evening of the 10th. Inst. I took an early ⟨op⟩portunity on the 13t. to pay my respects to Admiral ⟨D⟩acres Commanding on this Station, and was received ⟨w⟩ith marked attention, next day the 14th. I opened my office of agency in this City as you will sea advertized in the daily courant herewith.

As yet I have but little to communicate for the ⟨in⟩formation of Government. in my conversation with the Admiral at my first interview, and again yesterday, I am flattered with the hope of finding my official duty respecting impressments considerably lightened, ⟨a⟩nd that, no Americans clearly and Satisfactorily such, ⟨w⟩ill be detained. No applications have as yet come forward from American Seamen in distress. that ⟨a⟩nd my other public duties, you may be assured shall be duly and promptly attended to.

I have reason to beleive that British Cruisers ⟨w⟩ill send in for adjudication, all american Vessels they fall in with from that part of St. Domingo, not ⟨u⟩nder the authority of France as prohibited by the late act of Congress, and to which no clearances ca⟨n⟩ be given from the Custom Houses of the United Stat⟨es.⟩ Their fate in the courts of Admirality here, I apre⟨hend⟩ will at best be but doubtful. Any particular instruc⟨tions⟩ on this or any other subject may be of use for my Government, as I wish to be correct in all my pro⟨ceed⟩ings. I am at a loss for the Laws of the U Stat⟨es⟩ respecting my official duties having none with m⟨e⟩ but the Supliment passed the 28th. of February 1803. ⟨I⟩ shall therefore be governed in my office fees to th⟨e⟩ rates and rules of my Predecessor Mr. Savage wh⟨o is⟩ to furnish them, till I can procure the U States laws ⟨to⟩ go by. I have the Honor to be Sir, your Mo: obed Huml Ser⟨vt⟩

Hugh Lennox

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

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