James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Lee, 29 December 1807

Bordeaux December 29, 1807.


The few opportunities which now present for the ⟨Uni⟩ted States, has induced me to forward you the inclosed decree by ⟨way⟩ of Bayonne, St. Sebastians and Bilboa. We are without ar⟨ri⟩vals from America, which leads us to suppose an embargo has ⟨been laid⟩ on by Congress. Our City continues full of troops. One hundred ⟨thou⟩sand at least have passed thro’ the last two months.

We have nothing new in addition to this decree, except that ⟨the⟩ Kingdom of Etruria is annexed to that of Italy, the Government ⟨of w⟩hich is made hereditary in the Person of Prince Eugeni Napoleon ⟨   ⟩ Prince of Venice, and the adopted son of the Emperor. With great respect, I am Sir, Your obt Servt.

Wm. Lee

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

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