James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Vanderhorst, 22 August 1808


Bristol August 22d. 1808.


Since my last Respects to you of the 30th. of April Pr. the Ship ⟨M⟩inerva Captn. Stevens (which I find arrived safe at Boston) I have not ⟨bee⟩n honored with any of your favors.

⟨I⟩nclosed I beg leave to hand you Accts. of Imports & Exports by American ⟨Vess⟩els at this Port for the half Year ending the 30th. of June last, also a London Price Currt. & a few of our latest News-papers, to which please be refferred.

The Grain harvest in this Country is now nearly if not quite half finished ⟨the⟩ Season for which has been, & is still favorable, but yet they are not ⟨exp⟩ected to be so productive, nor so good in quality as last Year, ’though ⟨those of⟩ other Kinds of field provisions particularly grass, Hay, Potatoes, and ⟨tur⟩nips, will be considerably more so. The produce of our Gardens and ⟨O⟩rchards will likewise be ample.

The Political disturbances which have lately occurred in Spain ⟨&⟩ Portugal, should they succeed, (but which is yet very far from being ⟨cer⟩tain,) will, in all likelihood, have a very beneficial influence on the ⟨Tr⟩ading Interests of these Kingdoms by opening rich & extensive Markets ⟨for⟩ its Commerce in almost every quarter of the Globe, but such an event ⟨(in⟩ other respects desirable,) I should by no means consider as favorable ⟨as⟩ the attainment of Peace, but on the contrary, I much fear, would have ⟨a d⟩irect tendency to spread the destructive flame of War still wider ⟨th⟩ough on the other hand I am not without strong hopes that the serious want of Provisions, which must, in all probability, be soon fe⟨lt⟩ in ⟨those⟩ Countries, as well as in the West-Indies, may yet produce an opposi⟨te⟩ effect, & still preserve to those Nations who have no Interest in War, n⟨or⟩ of course any desire for it, the inistimable Blessing of Peace. I have the Honor to be, With the highest considerati⟨on⟩ Sir, Your most Obedt. & most Humle. Servt.

Elias Vanderhorst

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

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