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18 March 1802, Amsterdam. Transmits the latest issues of the Leiden Gazette . Although many months have passed since the signing of peace preliminaries between France and Great Britain, no final arrangement has been made and the state of suspense is prejudicial to commerce. British government has ordered a “respectable fleet” to sea; this has created alarm as to the prospects for the...
20 April 1802, Amsterdam. Acknowledges JM’s letter of 25 Jan. , to which he would have replied before this had not the “distressing situation” of his family rendered him almost incapable of attending to business. “It is, About three weeks that Mrs Bourne (in consequence of child bearing) has been entirely deprived of her reason & suffered under the most violent fits of delirium. She still...
29 April 1802, Amsterdam. Regrets that the situation of his family, an account of which was given in his last letter, still prevents him from attending to JM’s request. Apologizes for apparent neglect of his duties. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Amsterdam, vol. 1). 1 p. A full transcription of this document has been added to the digital edition.
25 June 1802, Amsterdam. Reports that his health is better and he is again performing his official duties. “But the Doctor strongly advises me to try to pass the seas to America before Winter with my family—as in his opinion being the best possible remedy to benefit the state of Mrs Bs mind & to give strength to my nerves. Should I resolve on this measure I shall claim & hope for the...
16 July 1802, Amsterdam. Transmits latest issues of Leiden Gazette ; “those you desired for the last years are all packed & only want a Conveyance to Baltimore—my house here will continue to forward those which succeed.” Expects to embark for the U.S. within the month, “as the most probable means of restoring the physical & intellectual health of Mrs B.,” and has made arrangements for filling...
25 July 1802, Amsterdam. “This will serve to inclose the two latest Leyden Gazettes & to confirm my decision of embarking in course of 10 days for the U States with Mrs B.… Craving the kind indulgence of Govt. for my absence I shall endeavour to make it as short as possible while in the interim I have made every proper arrangment for the affairs of the Consulate.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD ,...
26 October 1802, Baltimore. “The situation of Mrs. Bourne’s health since my arrival from Europe has hitherto retarded my intended visit to Washington.” Hopes to be able to proceed there soon to pay his respects and arrange some business matters. Has nothing material to report, as “accounts from Europe of a much later date” will have had more recent news. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Amsterdam, vol....
14 January 1803, Baltimore. Forwards some intermediate numbers of the Leiden Gazette just received. “If about the time of my return to Holland in the Spring any circumstances arising out of our foreign relations should render neccessary a temporary special Agency or commission from our Govt to any part of Europe, I should be glad of the employ as it would be an aid towards my expenses while it...
21 February 1803, Baltimore. Sends another parcel of Leiden Gazettes up to 24 Dec. 1802 and notes that the latest issue contains an account of the arrival of General Victor at The Hague, together with the staff of the army destined for Louisiana. “Indeed no further doubts can now be indulged as to the certainty of the preparations making for that expedition.” Captain Gardner has just arrived...
13 April 1803, Baltimore. “As I expect to leave this for Boston in course of ten days, I think it proper to give you this information in order that you may direct the Documents I am to receive from your Department to be prepared (if convenient) prior to that period.” Will probably embark for Europe from Boston but cannot yet fix the precise time. Should it be material for JM to know the date,...
2 July 1803, Baltimore . Has deferred his return to Amsterdam because of the “late agitated & unsettled position of the affairs of Europe.” Reliable reports state that “War … was renewed on the 16h Ulto an event which must materially affect” U.S. commerce. Doubts that Spain and the Netherlands will be able to maintain their neutrality, “as the connection of those Countries with France must...
18 October 1803, Amsterdam . “I have the pleasure to acquaint you of my safe return to this City a few days past & that on the first of next month I shall resume my official functions & be prepared to attend to any commands you may have for me in course of the public service.” Has not had time “to obtain correct information relative to the present state of Affairs in Europe” but will write...
22 October 1803, Amsterdam . Informed JM “a few days past” of his “safe return to this city.” “Since which I have been informed by our Commercial Agent at Rotterdam that many embarrasments attended the Am’n trade there—several vessells loaded with Tobacco being prevented from discharging their Cargoes because they had called in England for orders & were not furnished with the Certificates...
23 October 1803, Amsterdam . Encloses a copy of the Leiden Gazette “under a new title owing to the old one having lately been forbid by the Govt here.” Notes that “as Mr Foreman from whom Mr Alexander at Rotterdam recd his appointment as agent in the Consulate has long since resigned his Commission & that Mr Alexander has never recd any appointment from Govt many embarrasments are found to...
1 November 1803, Amsterdam. Addressed JM lately about some American ships that had difficulty unloading cargo in Rotterdam “for want of due vouchers as to the neutrality of the property.” Visited Rotterdam to obtain more information. Regretted finding that the captains did not have proper certificates of property, which are necessary in time of war in order to prevent “those embarrasments to...
25 November 1803. “It is with regret I observe that our Vessells arriving here & which left the U States sometime ulterior to the period when the Law of this Govt. of 5th July last past had been known in our Country, are still without having the Certificates thereby required ‘purporting that the Cargoes are not of British produce &c.’” Has made an “arrangment with the publick officer here”...
21 December 1803, Amsterdam. “It is with regret I acquaint you that notwithstanding every exertion on my part to obtain a system of quarantine in this Country, more reasonable in itself & less vexatious for our Commerce than the one at present adopted I cannot procure the desired relief—their tenacity is unbounded & the consequence is that many of the Vessels under quarantine in the open roads...
29 December 1803, Amsterdam. “This is expressly to acquaint you that the state of Mr Alexander’s health (our Consular Agent at Rotterdam) will render it neccessary that some other person should be appointed to fill said place. Mr Wm Clark of Boston informs me that he has applyed therefor to Govt. & I have reason to believe that he is worthy the attention of Govt.—his capacity & integrity will...
7 January 1804, Amsterdam. “Inclosed I send you the Leyden Gazettes up to the present date & I take this occasion to regret that it will be absolutely requisite in order to produce (if possible) a relaxation of their present ruinous system of quarantine here that some direct communication should be made by our Govt: to that of this Country—my efforts in this regard having had no beneficial...
2 February 1804, Amsterdam. Encloses the Leiden Gazette for January. Has nothing to add as political affairs have remained unchanged. “There are persons who flatter themselves with the probability of a renewed peace e’er long: but for my own part I am unable to perceive any basis on which it can at present be formed consistent with the reciprocal views of the contending Powers—& I am even led...
10 February 1804, Amsterdam. “I have sedulously occupied myself of late in the means for procuring a relaxation of the rigorous quarantine Laws of this Country in favr of our Vessells.” Encloses a copy of a letter “just received” from the secretary of state “which holds forth the pledge of a due attention thereto in future that I hope to see realized.” “It has been lately reported here in the...
20 February 1804, Amsterdam. “Permit me to observe that on many accounts the commercial interests of the U States require that there Should be an Agent at the Helder of one responsibility to attend to the concerns of the American Vessells arriving there as its distance from this City prevents my attention thereto, but that place being a poor & unpleasant residence it may be necessary that...
4 April 1804, Amsterdam. “I lately had the honor to address you relative to the appointment of an Agent for the Consulate at the Helder —suggesting that it might be neccessary that our Govt should afford its patronage to this appointment by allowing a few hundred dollars per Annum towards its support, since which the inclosed request has been made to me by the Amn. Masters now in port which I...
8 April 1804, Amsterdam. Hopes to transmit soon the information JM requested on light fees, quarantine costs, etc. “Having to collect the information from various sources some of which not being the most accessible I am not yet prepared to make out the table.” European affairs remain unchanged. “The discovery of the late conspiracy in France seems to occupy the public mind exclusively at...
10 April 1804, Amsterdam. “I had the honor sometime since to address you on the subject of having an Agent of the Consulate named for the Helder —soliciting some pecuniary aid from the Govt for the support of this establishment. I have now to forward you a remonstrance which has been lately made to me on this head by the American Masters in Port. As I before observed it will be difficult...
24 April 1804, Amsterdam. “I here inclose a duplicate file of the Leyden Gazette bound, with 4 of the last papers up to this date,” and a letter to the president expressing congratulations on the acquisition of Louisiana “thro means equally temperate as they are honorable to the agents of that important negotiation.” “I have been much gratified by finding in our Gazettes some spirited...
27 May 1804, Amsterdam. “You will perceive by the Gazettes here inclosed, that the scenes passing at this moment in Europe are of a nature peculiarly interesting—especially on the theatre of F. where on the spot which is still wreaking with the blood of those human sacrifices which but a few years since were immolated on the Altar of Liberty they have erected a throne more splendid & costly...
27 May 1804, Amsterdam. “The present confused State of this part of the World, causing a Strong desire of emigration to the United States among the Germans & Swiss—applications have been made to me from those Countries to know whether our Govt would not be disposed to adopt some plan for facilitating their passage to & being placed on the lands in the Interior of our Country after their...
10 July 1804, Amsterdam. “The present unsettled & confused State of Europe tending to invite important emigrations to the United States as the asylum of liberty & social quiet—I have recd. many applications both from Germany & Switzerland on this subject & particularly to know if our Govt. would be disposed to afford any facilities to Persons thus desirous of emigrating either as it regards...
16 August 1804, Amsterdam. “I lately sent you by duplicates a reply to your Circular of April 1803 relative to certain duties on our Vessells in this Country for Lights Buoys &c &c—which I hope may duly reach you. I now inclose you the Leyden Gazette of to-day—with one that was (by mistake) omitted to be sent by the last conveyance. “I hope Govt may be found disposed to take up the suggestions...
18 August 1804, Amsterdam. “I beg leave to acquaint the Merchants of the United States through the Channell of your department that for the benefit of the commerce of our Country I have appointed as Consular Agents on this Coast Mr. Tiede Christians for the Islands of Texel & Vlieland & Messrs. Rorf & sons (assisted by Mr. Wm. Worsdell[)] at the Helder to whom the Masters of Amn. Vessels will...
15 September 1804, Amsterdam Consulate. “Ever since the renewal of the War in Europe it has been confined chiefly between the great Powers of France & England—while it remained uncertain what part (if any) the Powers on the Continent might be disposed to take in the Contest. It however now appears from the gradual developement of political events—that G: B. has succeeded so far as to produce...
23 October 1804, Amsterdam. Encloses a copy of the Leiden Gazette , “under a new title owing to the old one having lately been forbid by the Govt here.” Notes that “as Mr Foreman from whom Mr Alexander at Rotterdam recd his appointment as agent in the Consulate has long since resigned his Commission & that Mr Alexander has never recd any appointment from Govt many embarrasments are found to...
3 November 1804, Amsterdam. “In sending the inclosed I take the liberty to repeat by way of duplicate the contents of my last on the subject of the Consulate at Rotterdam Viz That on Account of Mr Alexander’s never having recd his appointment from Govt. he has continued to act only under the Authority of Mr Foreman whose resignation has been given in to Govt two years past, which I think you...
17 November 1804 , “ Amn. Consulate. ” “It appears by an Accot we have yesterday in an official paper from Paris that Mr Rumbold the British Chargé des affaires who had been lately taken from Hamburg by a party of french troops has by the interference of the K of Prussia been restored to his liberty & sent on to England. So that the voice of some Powers is listened to when raised to support...
17 February 1805, Amsterdam . “I have the honor to transmit you inclosed a Copy [not found] of the Arret of this Govt lately taken to prevent the introduction of contagious maladies into the Count[r]y —as many of these regulations are new & some of them peculiarly severe you will doubtless judge proper to have translation made of said Arret for publication in the American Papers for the...
13 March 1805 , Amsterdam . “The prevalence of the yellow fever in many parts of Europe during the last year has excited great alarm & instigated those nations who have not yet been afflicted therewith to take the Severest measures of a precautionary nature to prevent if possible its introduction among them & inclosed I have the honor to transmit a printed Copy of the regulations [not found]...
4 April 1805, Amsterdam. “A long & severe Winter has prevented me from transmitting you the Leyden Gazettes so regularly as I could have wished; much has not been lost, however as the political incidents have been few & of little interest during the time—the season is now fast approaching when we may look for a developements of those plans which during the interim have been contemplated in the...
26 April 1805, Amsterdam . “Inclosed I send in course sundry Leyden Gazettes. It appears that none of the Northern Powers have as yet found their interests so decidedly involved as had been thought in a junction with Great Britain against France as to undertake a renewed Coalition for supporting the cause of the former. Prior examples have taught them that G B wishes them only to fight her...
30 April 1805, Amsterdam . “The inclosed [not found] give the important news of the sailing of a Combined Squadron of French & Spanish Ships of war with troops—their destination yet unknown but generally supposed to be for the West Indies—these renewed war like movements—tend still to put further at a distance the prospects of peace by multiplying the objects for negotiation. “I am happy to...
12 May 1805, Amsterdam . “A few days past I recd a packett under blank Cover from your Office for our minister at Paris which has been duly forwarded. “Some circumstances lead me to believe that there are Persons inhabiting New Orleans disposed to pursue improper means for covering french & Spanish property under the character of Amn. It may therefore be well that the Collector & other public...
17 May 1805, Amsterdam . “We had yesterday a report that late letters from London advised the conclusion of a treaty Offensive & defensive between G Britain & Russia in which it is said other Northern Powers would join —we however wait the Confirmation thereof. “The ravages made by the french fleets in the West Indies seems to have excited much alarm in England— which is still enhanced by...
8 June 1805, Amsterdam . “Having esteemed it to be my duty to take official notice of the late change which has been effected in the Govt of this Country in conformity to custom in like cases & as affording an opportunity to renew the assurances of the friendly disposition of our Country towards the Batavian Republick, I have the honor to inclose you copies of the communications which have...
13 June 1805, Amsterdam . “I apprehend to have made a little error in regard to the Leyden Gazettes for 1804 . sent you lately by duplicates, & which I mentioned as being already bound. I received them sealed up in a packett & thus forwarded them on under the impression that they were bound at Leyden—but on reflection I am led to think that those forwarded to you for 1803 were bound in this...
16 June 1805, “Amn Consulate Amsterdam.” “I yesterday had the honor to receive your letter of March 25h on the subject of the Consulate at Rottm. and I shall make arrangments to meet as far as circumstances may admit the views therein expressed. “The Charge imposed on me however is peculiarly delicate . Mr A’s partners having dissolved the commercial connections between them the latter has at...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 6 July 1805, Amsterdam. “I have this day been honored by your favr of the 28h May & I hasten to reply thereto that although I have not copies of my letters which Mr Damon refers to in his publication I believe them generally correct. Indeed the Confidence I placed in Mr D at that time & before was more fully evidenced by having left my consular Powers on both my visits...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 8 July 1805, Amsterdam. “I had the honor to address you on the 6th Inst on the interesting letter from you of the 23 May & I have no doubt you will be convinced that I made no misrepresentation to you in the Case in question. Should you need a confirmation Mr. Biass of Baltimore will be ready I shou[l]d presume to give it as in a letter to me since my last arrival here...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 10 July 1805, Amsterdam. “This will serve to acquaint you that I have wrote you by Capt King on the 6h Inst & shall write you again more amply in a few days by Cap Allen to New york & via norfolk on the interesting Subject of your letter of May 23 —& by which I hope to explain fully & satisfactorily the apparent Solecism to which your Said Letter refers & convince you...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 12 July 1805, Amsterdam. “You will not I hope that on accot of the many letters I have lately addressed you in reply to yours of May 23 be disposed to apply to my Case the allusion conveyed by the french proverb which says Celui qui s’excuse s’accuse. “I have indeed Suffered infinite pain & mortification that you Should for a moment have had an unfavorable impression in...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 20 July 1805, Amsterdam. “I had the honor to write you fully of late by Captains, King, Allen & Davis on the Subject of the question made me in your favr of May 23 & I feel every confidence that those letters will serve to develope to you a Scene of intriguing & unfustiable practices in a certain quarter that must tend to convince you that the appellation I gave in mine...