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To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 27 July 1801

From Sylvanus Bourne, 27 July 1801

Consular Office of the U.S. Amsterdam July 27 1801.


Capt. Pastorius from Philadelphia gave me a few days past two letters from the Department of State for Mr. Murray which I have duly sent on to Paris where he yet remains. I had yesterday a few lines from him in which he expresses encouraging hopes that an Exchange of Ratifications will take place in a few days & that he shall probably return to the Hague by the 5h. of Augt.

The Affairs of Europe remain in the same uncertain & problematical position, as at the time I had last the honor to address you. Whenever any event may arise which may give them a more decided turn & open a clearer prospect of the ⟨Issue⟩ I shall not fail to advise you thereof. I am Sir, in great Respect Yr. Ob. Servt.

S. Bourne

Mr. Purviance Son of the Collector of Baltimore who has letters from your department for Mr. Murray has just arrived here.

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