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In a postscript (dated 8th. Inst.) of my dispatch No. 54, I communicated to you copy of a note dated the 7th., at the moment received from Mr. Cevallos, and containing the protest of this government against a negotiation which it apprehends to be on foot between the french Minister at Washington and our government, relative to the Floridas. I presume this to be a report excited by those who...
31 October 1801, American Consulate, London. No. 4. Dawson’s delayed departure and return to London a second time allow transmission of the enclosed statements. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 59, CD , London, vol. 8). RC 1 p.; docketed by Wagner as received 13 Jan. The enclosures include lists of awards made by the Board of Commissioners payable on 5 July 1798 and 1 May 1799 and received by...
I have the honor herewith to transmit copy of a note of yesterday’s date which I have just received from the President ad interim of the Supreme Central Junta, communicating the installation of the same; also my answer of this date. With the most perfect respect & consideration, Sir, Your very obt. Servant. To the above inclosures is added a Gazette Extraordinary, giving a detail of the...
24 March 1803, London. Assumes JM is anxious “at this very critical & important moment” to receive all possible information and opinions on the question of war between Great Britain and France. “The general apprehension here, & the vigorous preparations which are going on, would lead one to suppose that the British government Either considered war as inevitable, or were determined upon it; but...
My last unofficial letter was of June 22d. My last publick dispatch (of the 14th. Inst.) by original & duplicate, inclosed Copy of an Extraordinary gazette announcing the conclusion of an Armistice between Russia & France, a triplicate of which is herewith transmitted: The News of the ratification immediately followed, & to day we hear that the peace is Signed at Tilsit, & that the two...
31 March 1804, London. No. 32. “I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of January 18 . instructing me to correspond in future with the Secretary of the Treasury and to pursue his directions respecting all Monies which I have or hereafter may receive on account of the United States, & to settle my official Accounts with him.” Adds in a postscript that he encloses a copy of...
Since the commencement of the present Misunderstanding between this Country & France, our Mariners have been pressed as formerly, and upon the usual application, such of them as have regular Protections, and are not married, or settled in Great Britain, have been discharged. A considerable Portion of those who have left the United States subsequent to the late Peace, are found without American...
25 October 1804, London. No. 45. “In compliance with your circular instructions of April 9th. 1803 it is my duty to report to you the particulars which I have been able to collect respecting two vessels of the United States the ‘Merrimack’ and the ‘Louisiana’ lately arrived at this port, and having been engaged since their departure from the United States in the Slave carrying trade prohibited...
Having lately had much communication with Baron Jacobi upon the subject of the papers inclosed, who has shewn me his instructions from the king of Prussia by which it appears that he is Extremely solicitous to procure the most accurate information respecting the origin progress & treatment of the yellow fever, & of Every circumstance connected with it; I thought it might be well in a public...
7 February 1803, London. No. 13. “I have to communicate to you the very disagreeable intelligence that Messrs: Bird Savage & Bird our Bankers in this City have to-day been obliged to stop payment. I had fortunately nearly balanced the ‘Spoliations’ Account with them on the 31st: December, & had divided amongst the proctors the whole of the fund destined for their payment. My Consular & Seaman...
I had the honor to write to you on the 5t May, since then I have received a letter from Mr Smith, dated April 1st, in which he acquaints me that you have disapproved of the agreement made some months since between Mr Yznardi & Mr Hackley respecting the management of this consulate: that agreement is consequently now annulled: in the month of Jany soon after it had been formed, I found that Mr...
3 November 1802, London. Private No. 11. “This will accompany my voluminous dispatch respecting the seamen whom I have been obliged to send home by the Mary. … I hope you will Excuse its Extreme length, but have thought it necessary to shew by a detail which is otherwise tedious, the urgency of the Case; & have at the same time been desirous that you shoud see how little I have been assisted...
I have just received from our Consul at Cadiz, a Circular letter of which the enclosed is a Copy; since my last of 29th. July upon this subject no other authentic intelligence has been received here. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Sir, Your very Obed. Servant The preceding is the full transcription of a document that was previously abstracted in The Papers of James Madison ,...
23 April 1805, London . No. 54. “Mr. Purviance’s ill state of health having compelled him to retire for the present into the Country he has transmitted to me your letter of December 24. 1804 with directions to attend to the order for obtaining the Books therein mentioned. “By this conveyance I have sent Lee on Capture<s,> Wicheforts Ambassador and Heriots history of Canada; the cost of these...
I do not write to you at large unofficially by this conveyance, or officially further than seems to be absolutely necessary to the course of business; lest my letters should fall into the hands of the Enemy; not being myself of the persuasion which seems to be general here, and (as I learn) in England, that a co mplete& honorable satisfaction will be made for all is outrages & insults. Nor...
8 June 1804, London. No. 35. “The Vessel Resolution, built at Norwich Register No. 5 Richard Shipley late Master owned by Alphons Dunham & Jonathan Clark of Boston Samuel Ham of Portsmouth and Benjamin Connor of Exeter in New Hampshire arrived here on the 10th. of February from the River La Plata. One of the owners (Ham) now here, has endeavoured to sell this Vessel but on account of the late...
1 November 1801, London. Private No. 3. Hopes papers conveyed by Dawson will provide president with desired information; they show amounts received under the commission and actual government expenses, and they also provide data for an estimate of costs to prosecute remaining claims. Total expenses cannot be ascertained as many cases were handled by private agents, but Erving reckons they will...
All the Consuls have not yet transmitted their Accounts for the last half-year, that of Mr. Fox for the reasons stated in a former letter cannot yet be compleated; and as we have now no Fund for settling the ballances which may be due, I have thought it best to refer them over to the next half year, and no longer to delay sending my Consular, and Seaman Agency Account up to the 31st. of...
Since the arrival of Mr Monroe, the frequency of his dispatches to you & the view he is known to possess of all our interests; render it unnecessary for me to trouble you as formerly with frequent, & probably what were very tedious letters: Perhaps too at this crisis it woud on all other accounts be proper to leave wholly to his more matured & exercised judgement & discretion, the treatment of...
My last unofficial letter was dated from the Es curial Novr. 3., and contained a detail of all the interesting tr ansactions Relating to the arrest of the Prince of Asturias, & tho se persons implicated with him in a supposed conspiracy a gainst his father: since the release of the prince Some o thers have been imprisoned; & the dukes of Infantado and San Carlos, & the Chanoine of Toledo still...
1 September 1804, London. No. 41. “I have the honor herewith to transmit a complete report of my transactions as Agent for the relief & protection of seamen from the 11th. of March 1803 when the impressments began here previous to the declaration of the present War between Great Britain & France, up to this date; a Period of about 18 Months. I have endeavoured to make this document as exact as...
30 July 1804, London. No. 40. “I have the honor herewith to inclose a list of ships which have Entered at this port from the 1st of January to the 30th of June [not found]. “I duly received yours of June 26th inclosing a letter for Mr Harris our Consul at Petersburgh which was immediately forwarded via Hambro’.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , London, vol. 9). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner as received 27...
29 October 1803, London . Received from Lewis Le Coulteux “the papers respecting his Claim on this Government,” referred to in JM’s letter to the U.S. minister in London of 16 May. “I as the Agent of Mr: Le Couteulx, drew a memorial (of which I have the honor herewith to inclose a Copy) to the King in Council, & submitted it to the Minister for his approbation.” Believes this was “the most...
§ From George W. Erving. 16 July 1805, London. No. 63. “As Lord Mulgrave had not notified to me previous to the 11th Inst, the appointment of any person to receive the 200,000 £ becoming due from the United States to the British government, & agreed by him to be received in London, I thought it proper to write to his Lordship on the subject; & having received his answer & communicated it to...
9 September 1802, American Consulate, London. Encloses a copy of a letter from the U.S. consul at Tangier “announcing the establishment of peace” between the U.S. and Morocco. Has forwarded “proper notice of this pleasing circumstance” to U.S. consuls in Great Britain, Holland, and Germany. RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, CD , London, vol. 8). RC 1 p. Enclosure (1 p.) is a copy of a circular...
I had the honor to write to you on the 8th. Inst., & to trans mi t amongst other papers, copy of a letter from the Consulate at N aples, giving information that four of our vessels had been captured by t he Algerine Cruisers; and in a postscript of the 11th. I mentioned ha ving written to Mr. Lear for the purpose of ascertaining what mi ght be the motives to these outrages. Since then I have...
The disappointment of Mr. Dawson as to h is passage, & his consequent return to London a se cond time, Enables me to forward by him the en closed statements; not having expected so immediate and favorable opportunity I have been so mewhat hurried; a further & more minute ex amination may discover some small Errors or omissions. Th ere can be scarcely any such that are important. I hope these...
8 February 1805, London . No. 49. “I had the honor to receive in due course your letter of Novr. 24th. 1804 directing me to make application to the British Admiralty for the discharge of Joseph Trowbridge and inclosing regularly authenticated Documents to prove his Citizenship. “I am sorry to inform you that the ship on board of which he is detained having sailed on a foreign station, their...
The last dispatch which I had the honor to address to you, was dated on the 10th. of April; after a Sudden, but bloodless Revolution had placed Ferdinand the 7th., the idol of his generous & grateful people, on a throne which, defended by their courage & patriotism, seemed to be irrevertible by any other human power: His virtues & good dispositions afforded the most flattering prospects; and...
With my last dispatches to the department of state I had the honor to address you a private letter dated April 14t; since then the spaniards have been rapidly repairing their military disasters in this quarter, but king Joseph is regulating the affairs of his government at Madrid by the appointment of Tribunals, councils &c as tho he had possession of the whole country; nevertheless his army...
Letter not found. 1 January 1803. No. 12. Mentioned in Erving to JM, 30 Apr. 1803 . Discusses several points relating to U.S. claims cases and gives assurances of the successful progress and probable speedy termination of the business.
I have the satisfaction of inclosing Copy of a letter just Received from our Co nsul at Tangier announcing the establishment of peace between the United Sta tes & his Highness the Emperor of Morrocco. I have forwarded a proper notice of this pleasing circumstance to our consuls in this Country Holland and Germany. I have the honor to be Sir with the most perfect respect Your Very obt. St. The...
I had the honor to address you last on the 6th March, since when a great pressure of business consequent upon the ⟨r⟩eassembling of the Board has prevented my writing to you upon ordinary occurrences; When the commissioners reassumed their ⟨f⟩unctions the state in which the cases ⟨b⟩efore them were found seemed to have ⟨r⟩esulted from an Expectation that no adjustment with this government upon...
Since the date of my Last, the only authentick intelligence which we have received, is that the Emperor is concentrating his force about Madrid; the french troops which were in La Mancha & at Truxillo in Estremadura have been withdrawn; the advanced posts of Infantados Army are at Aranjuez; it is beleived that a partial action has taken place between the french & General Romañas troops, but...
27 June 1804. “Upon the subject of the accompanying Official letter (No 38) I think it a duty to trouble you with one or two observations; I have understood that Messrs McKensie & Glennie who are merchants much connected with Baltimore have been agents for Mr Smith in what is connected with his department in this quarter; considering them in that view, one might have Expected that they woud...
I had the honor to write to you by the Ship "Bourdeaux" Richard Law Mr., which left this a short time since for the port of N. York, in my dispatch No. 60 (dated Jany. 28th.) stating the amount of the intelligence then received respecting the last military operations in this country: By subsequent & more particular accounts we are now assured, that in the attack made upon the Duke of...
By the Monsoon Captn. Nickerson I send to the care of the collector of Baltimore and directed to you, one large Chest containing West Florida papers & one deal box contents unknown. These were left in my care by Mr. King with his request that they shoud be transmitted to you; No opportunity offering for Alexandria ’till we heard of Mr Monroe’s appointment to this Court, I judged it expedient...
You have doubtless noticed lately in our gazettes, an informal paragraph relative to the line of conduct which G. B. will probably observe, towards the spanish colonies in this delicate crisis of their affairs: that paragraph comes from Onis, & I had yesterday an opportunity of seeing a dispatch to him from his government which communicates a declaration formally made to it by the english...
21 October 1802, London. No. 10. “It is impossible for me to represent to you in adequate terms the very distressed State of our Seamen lately discharged from the British Navy.” Has tried in every possible way to obtain assistance for them from the British government but at last has been obliged to provide passage at U.S. expense for the neediest as an alternative to the more expensive...
§ From George W. Erving. 25 July 1805, London. No. 35. “Mr Monroe arrived here yesterday, & I have this day a letter from Mr Bowdoin dated Southampton at which place it appears he has just landed from St. Andero; Mr Bowdoin has not quitted Spain on account of any political circumstances, but as I learn by his letter, the ill State of his health has made it necessary for him to come hither for...
I had the honor to write to you (No. 2.) on the 20th. Ulto. by way of Bordeaux, and to inclose copies of my notes to Dn. Pedro Cevallos on the case of the “Recovery, Adams,” the cargo of which vessel was condemned at Algesiras as being English property, and on that of the “Hudson, Bailey,” condemned at Cadiz for want of papers, which as it appears, were taken from her by the Commander of a...
Amongst the various changes produced, & to be produced in Europe, by the abdication of the emperor Napoleon, I presume that the actual transactions in Spain, & the future fate of that country, may be considered as peculiarly, & most immediately interesting, to the United States: The english papers relate most of the important occurrences, but in what is speculative, I observe that they do not...
In my last unofficial letter (which was dated Inst) I mentioned a certain supposed project of the Emperor wi th respect to the Empress. Since then nothing more is sa id on the subject; it is Somewhat remarkable however tha t the Emperor shoud be so long from home (not commanding his army) without his wife who has been used al most always
I had the honor to address you on the 6th. Ulto by the Monsoon Captain Nickerson for Baltimore, & to send by that ship to the care of the Collector of Baltimore a large Chest of West Florida Papers, & a small deal Box both left with me by Mr. Rufus King. I have now the satisfaction of informing you that the Commissioners concluded their business and finally dissolved their Board on the 23d. of...
My last dispatch dated 27th. January having been sent in triplicate, has, I hope, safely arrived: I now inclose copies of all my subsequent correspondence with the Members of this Government, which may be deemed of sufficient importance to be submitted to you. Vizt. Nos. 1 & 2. A note from Mr. Cevallos, & my Reply, respecting the transaction at St. Sebastian, mentioned in my last. No. 3. A...
I have the honor to inclose a very interesting memoir which Mr. Cevallos has ju st published, relating to the transactions at B ayonne; & which he has communicated to me wi th a view to its being transmitted to our Go vernment. This memoir avoids detail eve n on the most important transactions to which it refers, & leaves the curiosity wholly unsatisfied on other occurrences well deserving...
I hope that the papers which I have forwarded by Mr. Dawson may furnish the kind of information wh ich the President desired to have; they shew what has been received under the commission, & the actual ances of government; & afford data upon which to Estimate the remaining costs of prosecuting the cla ims: there are no documents belonging to the ag ency from which it is possible to collect an...
11 June 1804, London. No. 36. “In the Case of Lewis Le Couteulx.” “Since I had the honor to address you last on the subject of this Case I have done every thing possible to procure a satisfactory result to my Application on Mr. Le Couteulx’s behalf. Finding that the consideration of that Gentleman’s claim was delayed, I thought proper on the 23rd. of March to address the Note to the Clerk of...
I had the honor to write you last on June 20th.; since then a Mr. Hollins of Baltimore has arrived at Barcelona & writes word that he has in his charge dispatches from you; but as he is in quarantine & Mr. Cevallos has therefore refused to grant him a passport; I do not expect to receive those dispatches till five or six weeks from this time. I cannot at present add to what is said in my last...
I had the honor to write to you on the 29th. October by original & duplicates via Barcelona. In that letter I mentioned rather particularly the state of affairs between France & Portugal, concluding that there existed very little probability of an amicable adjustment of them: All the subsequent proceedings have tended to confirm that belief; yet it would appear that the Court of Lisbon still...