James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Vanderhorst, 6 December 1808

Bristol Decr. 6th. 1808.


I have already written you by this conveyance on the 1st. ⟨in⟩st. which being detained by adverse Winds enables me to add a ⟨fe⟩w more News-papers & the last London Price Currt. to those I had ⟨   ⟩ the honor of enclosing to you, & to which please be referred ⟨fo⟩r subsequent occurrences of a public nature.

The weather hitherto, has been very mild for the Season, with ⟨the⟩ exception of a few nights of Frost during the Month of Octbr. so that ⟨the⟩ Fields & Gardens now wear the appearance they usually do in ⟨Sp⟩ring.

The apprehension I expressed in a former letter, of the probability ⟨the⟩re then was of a serious want of Grain & other kind of Provisions being ⟨soo⟩n felt in Spain & Portugal, appears now to have been but too ⟨we⟩ll founded, as by late Accts. from those distressed Countries ⟨th⟩is Calamity has already commenced, & must of course rapidly ⟨in⟩crease, unless sufficient supplies from abroad can be speedily ⟨p⟩rocured, but of which, under present circumstances, there ⟨ca⟩n be but little hope. This Evil however, may become a power⟨f⟩ul Advocate on the side of Peace, & should its dictates be ⟨a⟩ttended to & produce an Event so desirable it will be a ⟨So⟩urce of much Consolation to what would otherwise be so de⟨pl⟩orable, but on this ground, I must confess, my hope does not ⟨ke⟩ep pace with my wishes. I have the Honor to be, ⟨w⟩ith all possible defference, Sir, Your most Obedt. & most Hmble. Servt.

Elias Vanderhorst

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

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