James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Fulwar Skipwith, 24 April 1807

Paris 24 April 1807


With this I have the honor to forward a list of American Vessels now depending for trial before the Council of Prize Causes: Fifty three of which are Captures made during the late & Ten during the present War. Seventeen are represented by me as Agent for Prize Causes & thirty Six others by Individuals, as Special Attorneys.

The whole of those captured during the late War, except four Cases, have been carried into different Colonial Ports; hence the very great delay in their trials, for the want of the proceedings of the Colonial Courts of Admiralty, & the appearance, or defence of the Captors.

In a subsequent communication with respect to these Captures, I shall be more particular in my observations, being promised access to the Files of the Council of Prizes. With great respect & consideration I have the honor to be, Sir Your Mo. Ob Servt.

Fulwar Skipwith

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

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