James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Josef Yznardy, 10 August 1808


Cadiz 10th. August 1808.

Respected Sir,

Confirming the contents of what I had the pleasure to ⟨add⟩ress you pr the Ship Sheppardess John Doan Master I now advise you that I ⟨hav⟩e determin’d to depart for Sevilla to try if I can obtain the liberation of the Vessels ⟨be⟩ing detained at Algeciras, which were order’d to be freed by the Duke of Berg, as ⟨well as⟩ by the Junta at Sevilla, but afterwards suspended for reasons unknown; and ⟨as al⟩l intercourse with Madrid has been interrupted Mr. Erving was not able to actuate; ⟨fro⟩m which I have taken upon myself Interfering. The results will be advised in due time, as also to Mr. Erving.

In December 1806, I advised the Secreta⟨ry of th⟩e Treasury that the Ship Eliza of New Bedford John Barns Master was cast away ⟨in this⟩ Bay & sold, according to said Master’s orders. I advised our Consul at London pr ⟨   ⟩icate, with the view that he should dispose of the $1201.05/100 over but having had no reply ⟨& d⟩oubting whether the concerneds had cognizance of my Steps or if the Capt. arrived in America; I communicate you now with this affair with the idea that said ⟨transa⟩ction should be advertised, that the Concerneds might apply to receive said sum, ⟨the⟩ Treasury, having Creditted the account that I have still pending with that ⟨depart⟩ment; as Mr. Erving has paid me no monies since the departure of Mr. ⟨Yo⟩ung from Madrid for want of Special orders. I beg Sir you will be pleased ⟨to order⟩ said Sum to be paid to the Concerneds in said Ship Eliza presenting my ⟨   ⟩ which is at the foot of the Account Sales. The Accounts of Expenditures ⟨fo⟩r the year 1804, I will remit next December properly vouched, bringing to your ⟨attn a⟩t same time the very old ballance of $3334.57/100 due to me, and which I assure ⟨you is⟩ very much wanted. With Sentiments of high consideration & respect I remain very Sincerely Sir, Your most obedt. Servant

Josef Yznardy

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

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