James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Elmslie, Jr., 20 July 1806

Consulate of United States Cape of Good Hope 20th. July 1806


Since my Letters of 18th. January and 19th. Of March last past, which I hope have come safely to hand I have not had the Honor of any advices from Government. I now beg leave to enclose list of American vessels which have been reported at my Office since 1st. January to 30th. June, with ⟨a⟩ list of the American Seamen who have been pressed on board the ships of the squadron under the command of Sir Home Popham, since ⟨m⟩y last of 19t. March, as far as I have been ⟨a⟩ble to ascertain. Inclosed is also Certificate ⟨of⟩ refusal respecting Capt. Morris master of the ⟨s⟩hip Active of Philadelphia, in refusing to take on board his vessel, three American destitute seamen which were on my hands. Joel Brown I have since got a passage for in the Orion Captain Arnold. John Kelly & Jacob Touze being both lame, I have n⟨ot⟩ yet been able to provide passages for.

It being my intention to return to the Unit⟨ed⟩ States, I beg leave to acquaint Government of the same. Should there be any Orders to execu⟨te⟩ before my departure I shall ever feel honor⟨ed⟩ in receiving the Presidents Commands. I have the Honor to be most Respectfully Sir Your Obedient & Humble Serv⟨ant⟩

John Elmslie

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Cape Town.

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