James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hans Rudolph Saabye, 19 August 1808


Copenhagen Aug 19. 1808.


My last respects to you of 19 May, by Capn. Fowley & Corlis I hope are duely come to hand. Since that time, the privateers of this place, and other towns in Denmark have captured some more american vessels, of which I have the honour, to inclose a list, with accounts of what has been done with them. The greatest part of them have incurred the inconveniencies they meet with, by having false clearances, and by making false declarations of the places they come from. Cap. Saml. Stedmann commanding the Galen of Boston, with whom this has not been the case, has been acquitted by the prize court, and notwithstanding the still existing general embargo, I have been fortunate enough, to procure for him his Majesty’s gracious permission to depart in ballast for the United States.

He will be the bearer of these respects, and pr enclosed specification I have put on board of his ship a great part of the amer⟨i⟩can sailors now here. I also take ⟨the⟩ liberty of inclosing the semi-annual list of the few american ships, passed through t⟨he⟩ Sound this year. All navigation is s⟨topped⟩ here, except some convoys, which have pa⟨ssed⟩ by, under english and swedish protection.

These convoys have sometimes been attacked here and in the Belt, by the dani⟨sh⟩ gunboats, and four english Cutter brigs, besides many merchant men, have been taken. The stock of colonial produce decreasing, without any fresh supp⟨lies⟩ the prices are rising very fast. I am respectfully Gentlemen! Your most obed. Servt.

H. R. Saabye

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

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