James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 6 September 1806

Amn Consulate Sept 6 1806.


The great Work of peace is not yet accomplished & it indeed Seems to drag on so heavily that I esteem the result to be quite problematical, especially as Russia is said not to be inclined to ratify the treaty lately signed by their Agent at Paris & Prussia is quite sore & soured by the claim which the french Govt. makes for the restoration of Hanover to Engld. that without a due return of what Prussia had g⟨iven⟩ in Equivalents. A sudden turn of affairs has taken place between this power & Sweden restoring the former amity between them: this event with the great increase of the Russian Armies & the warlike movements of those of Prussia &ca all combine to impress the opinion that War will be renewed on the Continent & that the apparent pacific measures of the English in sending a Minst. to Paris is but a feint to gain the time necessary to complete views of a contrary Nature. I have the honor to be With great Respect Sir, Yr Ob Sert

S Bourne

DNA: RG 59--CD--Consular Despatches, Amsterdam.

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