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To James Madison from John Mitchell, 13 March 1804 (Abstract)

§ From John Mitchell

13 March 1804, Paris. “The port of Havre continuing in State of Blockade and for some months past Without a single American Vessell—or any Business What ever doing in the Port, I have taken advantage of the moment to come here to look after some private Business (of Claims) but return in a few Days. Hearing of a Vessell sailing from Dieppe for Balto. I cover to care of Colo. Smith the last 3 Months of the Publ⟨icst?⟩1 to be forwarded you.” Adds in a postscript: “four Days since there was one ship of the Line four frigats and two Cutters Anchord in the Road of Havre (without gun shot) supposed to prevent a flotilla from sailing.”

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