James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Montgomery, 2 January 1807

Alicante 2 January 1807.


Inclosed you will please find the semiannual list of Arrivals till this date in which it is pleasing to Observe a greater number of Vessels ⟨th⟩an appeared at any period for the same space of time.

A French privateer called le Serpent of fourteen Guns ⟨co⟩mmanded by Luis Dodero a noted Smuggler from Genove has been for some time ⟨p⟩ast on this Coast cruising against the Enemies of that Country with little or no ⟨s⟩uccess, but on the first appearance of the Decree of Berlin 21 November last he ha⟨s di⟩rected his depredations also against the flag of the United States and on the 26 ulto ⟨de⟩tained the Ship Cyrus of Boston Samuel Eames with 4000 Quintals of Sal⟨t and dr⟩y fish and yesterday in the same manner brought in the Schooner Sibay ⟨a⟩lso of and from Boston with Staves Salmon and dry fish. I have opposed this outrage with all my powers both private and publick, but heretofore without ⟨s⟩uccess. I shall however by this post lay the whole matter before Mr. Erving ⟨a⟩nd request his instructions how I am to conduct myself upon it in the meantime I have demanded redress from the government of this Country. I have also advised ⟨Co⟩mmodore Campbell now at Gibraltar and requested any force he can ⟨s⟩pare to prevent those insults to Our flag. I have the honor to be truly Sir Your Obedt. huml. Servant

Robt Montgomery

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

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