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To James Madison from John Mitchell, 23 May 1803

From John Mitchell, 23 May 1803

Havre 23d. May 1803


I have the honor to inform You that Mr. G. Hughes of Baltimore Bearer of the Dispatches of our Ministers at Paris & of the Treaty they have concluded there saild this Morng on board of the Brig Enterprize Capn. Wilcox bound for New York. I Sincerely hope He may be With you ere this gets to hand. I believe I may venture to Congratulate You on Louisiana being Ceeded to Us. With perfect respect I am Sir, Your obedt. Servt.,

John Mitchell

Commercial Agent for the U.S.A.

(pro: tem:)

We are just informed that the Lond⟨on⟩ Gazette of the 17. Contains an order for ⟨them to⟩ Burn & Destroy all french Vessells &c. War is this day Announced here—and severall British frigates have appeared off the Harbour should I he⟨ar⟩ of their molesting any Neutral Vessell shall carefully inform you.

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