James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Jarvis, 18 April 1808

Lisbon 18 April 1808


The inclosed letter is a copy of my last respects of the 1st. Ulto. which went by the Brig Hetty Captn Morehouse to the care of Mr He⟨t⟩ter.

Nothing material has occurred in Portugal since that time. Flour & grain is of course daily growing more Scarce & more dear, but it is hoped that with about Sixteen thousand barrels of flour which this Govmt have bought in St. Lucar & Cadiz, that there will be a sufficiency to meet the ensuing harvest. From the fine rains we have had for the six weeks past, this fortuna⟨tely⟩ for Portugal looks favourab⟨le.⟩ The flour purchased in Sp⟨ain⟩ will be brought here by land & Water carriage.

General Junot is created Duke of Abrante⟨s⟩ by the Emperor. Abrantes i⟨s⟩ the frontier town at wh⟨ich⟩ the French Army entered ⟨Por⟩tugal.

It is supposed th⟨at⟩ the Emperor will be soon ⟨at⟩ Madrid, when doubtless t⟨he⟩ final determination rega⟨rding⟩ the late change & Spain ⟨in⟩ general, will be known There are now many spec⟨ula⟩tions on the Subject. So⟨me⟩ beleive that the Emperor will visit Lisbon. With perfect Respect I have the honor to be Sir Yr. Mo. Ob. Servt.

Wm Jarvis

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

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