James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Lyman, 22 May 1806

American Consulate & Agency London 22nd. May 180⟨6⟩.


I herewith enclose my Account Current with the United States for the Quarter ending the 31st. March last, also a return up to the same time of the American Seamen and Citizens who have been Impressed and held in the Service of His Britannic Majesty with the transactions of this Office consequent therein together with an Abstract of the ⟨sa⟩me which I doubt not you will receive in due season as Duplicates thereof are also transmitted Hereto At this time It must be unnecessary for me to add observations ⟨or⟩ Remarks on the Political State of Affairs as herein you will be informed so fully and ⟨pa⟩rticularly not only from the Public papers but by Mr. Monroe our Minister. I must ⟨not⟩ however forbear to mention that since the Accession of the present Administration ⟨to⟩ Power, The Temper of the Government to us ward is visibly ameliorated, particularly ⟨re⟩specting the Impressment and Release therefrom of our Seamen. The former that is ⟨Im⟩pressments are not now so frequent and the latter are with less difficulty obtained. It ⟨ne⟩vertheless continues to be a sourse of no small vexation to our Commerce and not less ⟨of op⟩pression and distress to The Individuals and their Friends Wherefrom, Relief by Treaty or ⟨oth⟩er means is to be desired as soon as practicable. Relative to the Prospect of future ⟨In⟩terruptions of our Commerce I must refer to the Note herewith inclosed of the Secretary of ⟨Sta⟩te for Foreign Affairs to Our Minister on the 16th. instant and to the other communications ⟨w⟩hich I trust you will duly receive. In the contemplation of a futher Communication by ⟨an⟩other opportunity hence in a few days, I have the Honor to be Sir, With the Highest consideration Your Humble Servant

Wm. Lyman

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

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