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To James Madison from Louis-Marie Turreau, 24 February 1806 (Abstract)

From Louis-Marie Turreau, 24 February 1806 (Abstract)

§ From Louis-Marie Turreau. 24 February 1806, Washington. Forwards the enclosed copy of a letter received from the captain general of Martinique.1 JM can see by the captain general’s dispositions that, on this subject as well as all others which can give rise to just complaints, Turreau has hastened to send the complaints to all the captains general, who on their part use all possible measures to avoid or at least correct abuses in cruising.2

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, NFL, France, vol. 2–3). RC 1 p.; in French; docketed by Wagner. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure (1 p.; in French; docketed by Wagner) is a copy of Louis-Thomas Villaret de Joyeuse to Turreau, 11 Nov. 1805, stating that he was sending Turreau the information he had received from Gen. Jean-Augustin Ernouf on the complaint Turreau had forwarded about the French privateer Emeraude. The ship had been fitted out at Cuba, not Guadeloupe, although it carried a letter of marque from Ernouf, probably delivered by the Guadeloupe agent at Cuba. Because of several complaints against the agent, Ernouf had recalled him to Guadeloupe to discuss several subjects, the Emeraude among them, after which Villaret would be able to give Turreau more information.

2On the same date Turreau wrote JM a similar letter (DNA: RG 59, NFL, France, vol. 2–3; 1 p.; in French; docketed by Wagner) enclosing a copy of a 9 Jan. 1806 letter from Pierre Clément de Laussat to Turreau stating that Laussat was sending Turreau the judgment of the local prize commission, that the Catharine and the Susanna, prizes to the French privateer General Blanchet, Capt. John B. de Brux, armed at Puerto Rico, were not good prizes. The judgment on the Susanna yet needed to be officially notified to the parties concerned. Laussat added that this decision would prove to American merchants that even in their absence and despite the criminal abandonment of the agents to whom their interests were entrusted, those interests were scrupulously tended by the French authorities. For more on the Catharine and the Susanna, see PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (11 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 10:320, 321 n. 1.

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