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To James Madison from Elias Vanderhorst, 13 May 1802

From Elias Vanderhorst, 13 May 1802

May 13th. 1802.


The above is a Copy of my last of the 3d. Insta. the [. . .]arina, Via Philadelphia, since which I have not been honored ⟨w⟩ith any of your favors. In some of my former Letters I mentioned, that from the great extent of Sea-Coast within my Consular District, I had found it necessary to appoint five different Agents to act for me at the Principal Ports [. . .] Vizt. Saml. Bonfill Esqr. for Exeter, Stephen Willcock Esqr. for Bideford, Wm. Grove Esqr. for Swansea, Messrs. Wm. & Thomas Morris, for Carmathen, and Mr. Timothy Folger, for Milford, all of whom, being without the Laws of the U. S. of America to guide them in ⟨the⟩ execution of the duties of their office, are almost constantly applying to me by Letter, for instruction, on that ground, which n⟨ot⟩ only gives each party much trouble, but subjects the Agents to ⟨fre⟩quent, and some times to serious mistakes. To remedy this evil I beg leave to submit to your consideration, whether it would not be proper for you to have five Sets of said Laws sent to ⟨me⟩ as soon as you conveniently can, in order that I may furnish each ⟨of⟩ them with a Set, & which indeed, appears to me highly, if not indispens⟨ably⟩ necessary, and I flatter my self you will not be of a different opinion, especially, as they cannot be had here.

The Season here still continues favorable, for Agricultural Pursuits, though rather too dry at pre⟨sent.⟩

Enclosed is the last London Price Current, as ⟨well as⟩ Some of our latest News-Papers, to which please be refer⟨red⟩ for what is now passing on this Side of a Public nature. I have the Honor to remain with the greatest cons⟨ide⟩ration, most truly, Sir, Your most obedt. & most Hle. Ser⟨vt.⟩

Elias Vander Horst

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