Department of State 10th. Novr. 1808
The inclosed papers have been made out, and are now sent to you with a view of putting you in possession of the facts relating to a case alluded to by Mr. Canning in a late conversation with you, and which he then seemed to think important. Time does not permit me to send you copies of Mr Erskine’s letters to me on this subject; my answer however, of which a copy is inclosed will inform you on what footing the affair was placed. I have the honor &c
DNA: RG 59—IM—Instructions to Ministers.