James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Josef Yznardy, 14 October 1808


Cadiz 14th. October 1808.


At last I am returned from Sevilla after spending my time, being sorry to ⟨s⟩ay to no effect, alltho’ I used the best of my endeavors to persuade the Supreme ⟨J⟩unta the unfounded motives for not liberating the Vessels & Cargoes of the ⟨V⟩essels carried in to Algeziras & Ceuta, which will appear by the Copies of my ⟨offices⟩ on the subject, which I transmit’d to Mr. Erving after the communication ⟨wa⟩s opened, with the view that applications should be made to the Junta ⟨cen⟩tral organized & compleatly established at Aranjuez; & as Mr. Erving no ⟨dou⟩bt has acquainted you with the particulars I will not molest you with ⟨r⟩epetition.

This Bay is full of English Vessels, but trade very dull, as ⟨suc⟩h a Scarcety of Cash was never Known in this Country; all the troops that ⟨are⟩ orginized in number 100 thousand are marching for Castilla, the same ⟨num⟩ber for Biscaya, & about 80 thousand for Cataluña; many Expeditions have ⟨sai⟩led from this Port & many are preparing for the Spanish Colonies.

This moment Mr. Meade has presented himself with the Power of ⟨at⟩torney from the house of Port & Grannell of New York to sue me for the ⟨   ⟩ment of the $1201 65/ 100 belonging to the nett pds. of the Ship Eliza ⟨men⟩tioned to you in the foregoing triplicate, which I did not pay, as I consider ⟨tha⟩t you have been pleased to order the same to be paid as inserted in ⟨the⟩ expenditures &ca. before mentioned; which I hope in your rectitude such ⟨   ⟩ has been given to acquit the same; as I have no other method of ⟨reim⟩bursing myself of my expences &ca. & assistance to so many Seamen in ⟨distre⟩ss; and if it has not been paid, I request you will o⟨r⟩der it should be ⟨   ⟩tted as I have passed the same to my debit of my Acct. with that Governmt. With due respect & esteem I have the honor to be Sir, Your most obt. Servant

Josef Yznardy

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

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