James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 24 June 1808

Amsterdam, the 24 June 1808.


I herewith transmit you the last Ley⟨den⟩ Gazettes to which I beg leave to refer for many interesting relations relative to the affairs of Europe which do not as yet assume any aspect of a pacifick nature.

The Embargo In the U States will (though a necessary measure) be found very irksome. I fear that our Country will become Restless under its effects & that unless our Citizens are occupied in a Contest with those European Powers who treat us so its internal disorder & dispute may be the Result. The decree at Milan of 19 Decr. last was of a nature to damp the ardor of our Country in regard to its disputes with G. B. & must have produced very unpleasant sensations in the mind of the Administration as tending to puzzle & falsify the plans it had probably contemplated on the Score of our Affairs with the other Powers. I am with great Respect Yr Ob Sert

S Bourne

Please send the within to the Post Office.

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

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