James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Jarvis, 4 March 1807

Lisbon 4th: March 1807


The foregoing is a Copy of the letter I had the honor to address you by the Brig. Mentor, Capt. Rhodes, via New York. Nothing worthy of notice has since occurred in the political world. On the 20th: Ultimo the funeral ceremonies in honor of the late Minister, the Conde de V⟨il⟩lavorde, was celebrated. A pi⟨ece⟩ of very elegant solemn Mus⟨ic⟩ was performed by about an hu⟨n⟩dred Musicians & twenty fiv⟨e⟩ singers, Mass said, & a funer⟨al⟩ oration delivered. All the Foreign off⟨i⟩cers were invited, & all the Co⟨urt⟩ that were not with the Prince. The day before a number of promotions to⟨ok⟩ place. His Excy. Mr. d’Arauj⟨o⟩ was appointed President of ⟨the⟩ Junta of Commerce, was confirmed Counseller of Sta⟨te⟩ & had the grand cross giv⟨en⟩ him. The Count d’Ega, Minister at Madrid, was made a Marquis; it is sa⟨id⟩ for Negotiating a Match betwe⟨en⟩ the oldest daughter of the Pri⟨nce⟩ Regent & the Prince of Brazi⟨l⟩ The princess is about 14 yea⟨rs⟩ of age She is neice to ⟨the⟩ Prince of Brazil. It is also said that he settled the differences between the Prince of Brazil & the Prince of Peace & that at present cordiality is restored between them; and for this service the King of Spain has recommended him very highly to the Prince. It is likewise said that he is to return & will have the Conde de Villavordes Office of Minister of Interior. At present the Visconde de Anadie is Officiating in it. The Minister of Finance had also some additional honors conferred on him. He is supposed to be rather favorable to the English, His Ex’cy Mr d’Araujo beleived to be rather inclined to the French; the Visconde Anadie, if any thing in favour of the French, but rather Neutral. Upon the subject of Peace & War the general Sentiment is in favour of a continuance of War but I presume this is found⟨ed⟩ on the decided tone of the British Ministry since the opening of Parliament & on the Russian Manifesto. Inclosed will go three pa⟨c⟩kets from Mr Erving, re⟨cd⟩ yesterday by the Govmt. Courier from Madrid. With the greatest considerat⟨ion⟩ I have the honor to ⟨be⟩ Sir Yr Mo: Ob: Serv⟨ant⟩

William Jarv⟨is⟩

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

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