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To James Madison from John Mitchell, June 1803 (Abstract)

§ From John Mitchell

June 1803, Le Havre. Informed JM in his last letter of 23 May that Hughes sailed in the Experiment1 for New York with the original of the treaty and dispatches from the U.S. ministers in Paris. This letter is carried by Jay,2 who bears a copy of the treaty. “The Entrance of this port is constantly watched by British ships of War.” Has heard of no American ship that has been “molested or prevented from entering.” Since 24 May only four American ships have arrived at Le Havre. Hopes to be confirmed in his appointment.

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