James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Lee, 9 November 1807

Bordeaux Nov. 9th 1807


It appears by the mail of to day, that a ⟨con⟩spiracy has been discovered at Madrid, which had for its object ⟨the⟩ dethroning of the King and ruin of the leading nobles. The ⟨Prin⟩ce of Asturias who headed the party has been arrested with all his ⟨adher⟩ents, and the greatest confusion in consequence reigns throughout ⟨the⟩ kingdom. This accounts for the march of the French Troops ⟨towa⟩rd Madrid, and the great reinforcements that are now passing ⟨   ⟩ this city. A proclamation has been issued by his Catholic Majesty ⟨whi⟩ch has not yet reached us. We shall I presume have it tomor⟨row⟩ when I will forward it. With great respect, I have the honor to remain Your obt. Servt.

Wm. Lee

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

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