Paris 7 July 1808.
Conceiving the moment of Joseph’s accession to the crown of Spain to be one which might be favorably employed in Settling our long pending controversy with that crown, I hastened to address a Note, the copy of which is enclosed, to his Minister of foreign Relations. To this I received the answer of that Minister on the 8th. instant, a copy of which is also transmitted. With very high consideration, I have the honor to be, Sir, your most obedient & very humble servant
DNA: RG 59—DD—Diplomatic Despatches, France.