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To James Madison from David Montagu Erskine, 17 December 1806

Washington Decbr. 17, 1806


Since I had the Honor of seeing you this morning, I have referred to a letter from His Majesty’s Consul at Norfolk, which I found announced the arrival of His Majesty’s Ship The Cambrian in Hampton Roads on the 29th. of last month having sprung her Bowsprit.

This circumstance will I hope account satisfactorily for the Cambrian having enter’d one of the Ports of the U. S. after the Proclamation of the President interdicting her entrance, as I find in the Law of the U S. passed in the month of March last authorizing the Prohabition by the President, an exception made in case of Distress.

I have written to His Majesty’s Commanding Officer on that Station for an account of her situation &&& and will have the Honor of transmitting to you such explanation as I may receive. With the highest respect I have the Honor to be Sir Your most obedient humble servant

D. M. Erskine

DNA: RG 59-NFL-Notes from Foreign Legations, Great Britain.

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