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20 March 1801, Bordeaux. Encloses correspondence of his agent M. Pelletreau at Rochefort on sailors tried and sentenced there to twenty-four years in chains; adds copies of protests and his letter to naval minister on the subject and reply. Unlike ships of other nations, American vessels neither come to consular office on arrival, deposit ship’s papers there, nor report clearance on departure....
I have not had an opportunity of addressing you since the Portland sailed from here in December. With reference to some of the particulars of the letter I had then the honour of addressing you—I beg leave now to Submit to your perusal the Correspondence herewith, (No. 1), of my Agent, Mr. Pelletreau, at Rochefort, on the subject of the unfortunate Sailors tried there and condemned to twenty...
My last respects were of the 12 & 18th. March. I was honoured on the 18th. Ulto., with your Letter of the 3d. March with my commission as confirmed by the Senate, which, as events have turned, I hope fixes me here and may be a means of satisfying the wishes of my friend Mr. John Mitchell lately appointed by our Envoys to the Commercial agency at Havre. I forward the new Bond as required, by...
2 June 1801, Bordeaux. Refers JM to enclosures in his 20 Mar. letter related to sentencing of three U.S. sailors to twenty-four years in chains. Reports sentence has been upheld; encloses copy of letter from minister of marine [not found]. Suggests matter must be negotiated by future U.S. minister to France. Sentence has not been executed yet; men remain in prison. In duplicate of previous...
Refering to my last respects of 20th of March, by the ship Benjn. Franklin from Havre. I have the honour to adress you a statement of occurences since that time in whatever relates to the Commerce & interests of our Country. My former inclosures (No. 1), related to the situation of three American sailors condemned to twenty four Years chains. I am sorry to say that this sentence has since been...
13 June 1801, Bordeaux. Transmits duplicate of 2 June letter. Reports that nearly all seamen mentioned therein have since obtained passages or employment, five on a vessel at Ile de Ré, nine at Le Havre. Exception is Capt. John Percevele of Barnstable, Massachusetts, because of age and infirmity, to whom Barnet’s agent at La Rochelle gave money; no American captain would give him passage. Has...
Since I had the honour of addressing you on the 2d. inst. of which I inclose duplicates—nearly all the seamen mentioned, have obtained passages or employment in wages. Five have been engaged for a Vessell at the Isle of Rhé and nine for one at Havre—so that I have advanced but very little money for their relief, which some of them may perhaps have it their power to refund them. I must however...
30 June 1801, Bordeaux. Transmits duplicate of last dispatch with packet from Cathalan. Decision of minister of marine on seamen at Rochefort and Saumur still unknown. Three at Rochefort deserted from the Eagle , and report of one seaman is enclosed. Has received no reply from Murray on the Lloyd family, whom he continues to support. Local commissary has referred Burley case to ministers of...
5 August 1801, Bordeaux. Transmits letters from Murray and Dawson about exchange of ratifications. Hopes enclosed copies of his correspondence on the Burley affair will justify his actions. Also sends statement “concerning a momentary difficulty with a Mr. Andrews.” Believes these details will show necessity of defining consular rank, duties, and powers. Is preparing statement of vessels in...
I hasten to transmit to you the inclosed Letters just received from Messrs. Murray and Dawson who give me under date of the 31. July, the pleasing information of the exchange of Ratifications. A vessel being to sail, (say the Captains going down early in the morning) for Charleston, I improve the opportunity rather than wait some days for a Vessel bound more Northerly. I have likewise the...
30 October 1801, Bordeaux. Drew fl. 410 on U.S. bankers at Amsterdam on 21 Oct., the balance of his account for supplying American seamen, for which he encloses accounts and vouchers. Also encloses statement of U.S. vessels in port from 10 Apr. to 21 Oct. [not found], after which William Lee assumed consular duties. Requests that JM lay his previous letters, requesting compensation as agent...
I had the honour of writing you on the 8th. August enclosing from Mr. Dawson, to which and mine of 5th: Same Month I beg leave to refer. I have drawn under date of the 21st. inst. on the Bankers of the United States at Amsterdam for four hundred & ten florins Banco , ballance of my account for Supplying American Seamen, account & vouchers for which, accompany this. I also enclose a Statement...
14 December 1801, Bordeaux. Encloses a copy of his last account with vouchers and also sends a pamphlet on the fete of 18 Brumaire in celebration of peace. Offers congratulations on the anticipated effects of peace in U.S., including the consolidation of the republican system and the reunion of Americans in one common cause. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Bordeaux, vol. 1). 1 p. Filed with the RC is a...
Inclosing Copy of my last account with Vouchers—I have taken the Liberty to send you a Pamphlet on the Fête of the 18th. Brumaire, in celebration of Peace. Permit me Sir, to congratulate you upon the happy effects it may produce in our Country, among which may be anticipated that of Consolidating our republican System, and of re-uniting all our Citizens in one Common cause—and in one common...
24 December 1801, Bordeaux. Has sent by V. Dupont a duplicate of his 30 Oct. dispatch with his final account and a few lines dated 14 Dec. Expresses regret that he has not heard from State Department since 31 Mar. 1800. Refers to his past services as well as to his family and financial obligations. Public service has diverted his attention from his commercial affairs, and he is still in...
I had this honour on the 30th. October, duplicate of which, with vouchers accompanying my last Account against the United States, were inclosed with a few lines under date of the 14th. instant, by Mr. V. Dupont in the Benjamin Franklin, to which I beg your reference. I must express my regret at not being favoured with a line from the Department of State since the 31st. March 1800. My situation...
30 June 1802, Bordeaux. Addresses JM “on the subject of various claims mentioned in my former letters from 25th September 1800 to 24 December 1801 , to none of which I have yet received an answer.” Requests JM’s attention to the accompanying accounts and vouchers. “I have presumed upon the validity and justice of these claims, by drawing on the Department of State for my reimbursement in the...
The peculiar hardship of my Situation obliges me to address you on the subject of various claims mentioned in my former letters from 25th September 1800 to 24 December 1801, to none of which I have yet received an answer. The accounts and vouchers which accompany this, I beg your attention to. I have presumed upon the validity and justice of these claims, by drawing on the Department of State...
10 September 1802, Bordeaux. Has received JM’s letter of 22 June [not found] enclosing his commission as commercial agent for Antwerp. “I am preparing to leave this and expect to be at my post by the beginning of October.… The post assigned me equals my highest wishes.” Will sign the necessary bonds and transmit them to his uncle, Dr. Barnet of New Jersey, for the signatures of his sureties....
I was honoured on the 5th. instant, with your letter of the 22d. June accompanying my Commission of Commercial Agent for Antwerp, and several inclosures. Their duplicates have reached me since. I am preparing to leave this and expect to be at my post by the beginning of October. Your Instructions, Sir, and our Laws shall be my only guide in the fulfillment of the important and honourable trust...
24 November 1802, Antwerp. Notes that in his letter of 10 Sept. he acknowledged receipt of JM’s 22 June letter enclosing his commission. Had expected to be in Antwerp by October but had difficulties disposing of his house and moving his family. Left Bordeaux on 9 Oct. and did not reach Antwerp until 11 Nov. owing to family illness. Has been well received by the prefect, d’Herbouville, as well...
I had the honour of acknowledging the receipt of your Letter of the 22d. June inclosing my Commission, from Bordeaux on the 10th. September, by a Vessel to New York At that time I expected to reach this place in october, but the difficulty of disposing of my House, and the time taken up in preparing to move with my family, (a part of which, my Mother & Sister, remains at Bordeaux,) did not...
24 January 1803, Antwerp. Has “this instant” received a duplicate of JM’s 12 Nov. 1802 letter by the Philadelphia . Finds it impossible to express “with what lively emotions” he received “this new mark of the President’s favour.” However important Antwerp may become, does not hesitate to accept the appointment to Le Havre, where his acquaintance with the French will make him more useful to the...
The duplicate of your Letter of the 12 Novr. was this instant sent to me. It came by the Ship Philada. arrived at Flushing. It is impossible for me to express to you Sir, with what lively emotions I received this new mark of the Presidents favour, and my gratitude for your kind conveyance of it equals my desire to make myself ever deserving of his confidence. However important this Situation...
12 March 1803, Antwerp. Takes advantage of the first direct conveyance since the opening of navigation to send a copy of his November dispatch and the articles mentioned in it. Received JM’s 12 Nov. letter on 24 Jan. and answered immediately. Is anxious to learn if his reply arrived in time. Compares the benefits and disadvantages of the consulates at Antwerp and Le Havre. Sales at Antwerp do...
I profit of the first direct conveyance since our Navigation is open to transmit copy of my respects of November and forward the articles therein mentioned which I hope will be acceptable. Your kind Letter of the 12 November, which reached me on the 24 January, I had the honour of answering immediately, and forwarded several copies by the way of England, Havre and Bordeaux. I shall be anxious...
16 March 1803, Antwerp. News was received on 13 Mar. of recent British measures indicating a renewal of war. “This news and the double levy of conscripts gives serious uneasiness to every class of people here and particularly to the foreign Merchants.” Prices of foreign goods “rose immediately, very considerably,” and will probably continue at elevated prices in Batavian ports “for some time.”...
We received here on the 13th. instant, the advice of the recent measures in England indicative of the renewal of War. This news and the double levy of consc r ipts gives serious uneasiness to every class of people here and particularly to the foreign Merchants. Foreign produce rose immediately, very considerably, and in any event will, in my opinion continue at elevated prices for some time,...
1 May 1803, Antwerp. Refers to his last letters of 12 to 18 Mar . “I was honoured on the 18th. Ulto., with your letter of the 3d. March [not found] with my commission as confirmed by the Senate, which, as events have turned, I hope fixes me here and may be a means of satisfying the wishes of my friend Mr. John Mitchell lately appointed by our Envoys to the Commercial Agency at Havre.” Is...
3 May 1803, Antwerp. “I am just now favoured with a letter from Mr. Skipwith dated 30 Ulto. in which he says ‘this instant I have yours of the 27th. I expect you will hear from our Minister … and probably you will be informed of his and Mr. Monroe’s intention of naming you one of the Commissioners that is expected to be formed here for the liquidation of Americans [ sic ]. … This business...
I am just now favoured with a Letter from Mr. Skipwith dated 30 Ulto. in which he says “this instant I have yours of the 27th. I expect you will hear from our Minister by the time this reaches you, and probably you will be informed of his and Mr. Monroe’s intention of naming you one of the Commissioners that is expected to be formed here for the liquidation of Americans. If this commission is...
13 June 1803, Paris . Wrote JM on 1, 2, and 3 June by the ship Philadelphia and brig Betsey from Antwerp. Livingston appointed him “Commissioner under the late convention with france.” Left Antwerp on 29 May; appointed his secretary, John Robertson, deputy commercial agent “with the approbation” of Livingston. Encloses a copy of the commission. Robertson will, “in order to reconcile the...
I had the honour of writing you on the 1st. 2d. & 3d inst., by the Ship Philadelphia and Brig Betsey from Antwerp. The Ministers plenipotentiary of the United States near this Government having honoured me with the appointment of Commissioner under the late Convention with france, I left Antwerp on the 29th. Ultimo. and my Powers with my Secretary Mr. John Robertson a Native of Gravelines who,...
19 June 1803, Paris . Acknowledges receipt of JM’s letter of 9 Apr. and his commission as commercial agent at Le Havre, which he accepts “with gratitude.” Proposes to delegate his present powers to John Mitchell; will leave for his post as soon as he receives his exequatur. Believes Mitchell is “the most suitable person” to continue the duties, since he “now holds the office under a temporary...
I was honoured yesterday with your letter of the 9th. of April accompanying my Commission for the Commercial Agency of the United States at Havre which I accept with gratitude and will endeavour to acquit myself well of its duties. During the exercise of those I am entrusted with here, I propose to delegate my powers to Mr. John Mitchell in the manner I have bestowed them on Mr. Robertson at...
26 December 1803, Paris. “I received a few days ago your favor of the 30th. Septr. in which you are pleased to submit once more to my choice, the Commercial Agency of Antwerp or Havre. “The circumstances of the War—a proper view of the probable trade of the United States to both places and a due regard to my own Situation on the score of Commercial competition leave no longer any doubts on my...
26 December 1803, Paris. Having been informed by Livingston on 23 Dec. of the ratification of the treaty with France and the president’s confirmation of their appointment, they transmit a report of their business. 26 December 1803, Paris. “On the 29th. of June, two of the undersigned being in Paris, received from the American Ministers, Commissions to carry provisionally into execution the...
26 December 1803, Paris. “We send you inclosed Copies of certain Letters which have passed between the Minister of the United States & ourselves.” RC and enclosures, two copies ( DNA : RG 76, Preliminary Inventory 177, entry 119, France, Convention of 1803 [Spoliation], Correspondence); letterbook copy and letterbook copy of enclosures (ibid.); letterbook copy and letterbook copy of enclosures...
On the 26th. Decer. we had the honor of transmitting to your Department a Report of the State of the Business before this Commission on that day, together with Copies of sundry Letters which had passed between the Minister of the United States & ourselves. We now send Duplicates of these Papers with Copies of other Letters which have for their object the means of defraying the necessary &...
Since our last Letter of the 28th. of Jany: ulto. we have been occupied in examining the Claims found on the Conjectural Note and have directed the Liquidation of 147, Ninety-seven of which arise from the Embargo at Bordeaux. We have rejected as not included within the principles of the Convention, 57, a List of which is hereunto annexed with the nature and qualifications of each, particularly...
We have the honor to transmit you herewith the whole number of Claims which we have declared to be embraced by the Convention of the 30th. of April, 1803, and for the Liquidation of which we have sent Certificates to the French Offices as directed by the 8th. Article. These Claims are arranged under two denominations—the first being those which appear upon the Conjectural Note; the second,...
31 August 1804, Paris , “ Rue de Varenne No. 463 .” “My last respects were of the 26th. December last, in answer to the Letter you honored me with on the 30th. of September. It was only on the 18th. instant that I received (from Mr. Mitchell) the Duplicate of my Commission as Commercial Agent at Havre—confirmed by the Senate and which I observe is dated on the 18th. of November. The first has...
Believing that a Collection of the “Moniteur” would be an acceptable addition to the Books selected for the use of Congress—I have Seized the occasion as one in which I might evince, tho’ in a small degree, my respect and attachment to my Country—and have directed to be shipped on board the Ship Active—Captain Stotesbury, at Fécamp for Philadelphia—and addressed to the Collector of that...
10 September 1804, Paris. “In addition to the Subjects of my Letter of the 31st. Ulto. and 4th. instant, of which I have now the honour to enclose a Duplicate, with that of the 1st.—I beg leave to State that the Ship Mac Still remains out of the reach of her pretended purchasers—and unmolested (except by the worms—the weather and expences of Storage & Keeper) in the Basin of Antwerp—waiting...
29 September 1804, Paris , “ Rue de Varenne No. 463. ” “I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt, (on the 26th. inst.,) of your favour of the 18th. of July and Send herewith the Duplicates of my letters of the 31st. Ulto. and 1st. instant with the Succeeding numbers of the Moniteur to the end of the Year 12 of the french Calender. “The Master of the Ship Active having changed his Voyage...
19 December 1804, Paris. “In conformity to the Letter from the Board of this date, I have drawn upon your Department at 30 Days Sight, the four following Bills, being for the ballance due me for Salary as Commissr. under the Convention of April 30th. 1803—agreeably to the Statement enclosed—Viz: $.1984.— Draft to the Order of Malletfreres & Co.  " 2000.   " to my Order—  " 1500.   " Ditto...
I have the honor to send you with this, a pacquet containing the “ Moniteur ” from October th. to this day—being the continuation of those formerly sent, and for which General Armstrong has desired me to renew the Subscription for account of Government. I hope the collection of that paper, sent by Doct: Dorsey, got Safe to Washington. Mr. Maclure and myself accompanied Col. Mercer & Mr....
17 February 1805, Paris . “The Minister of the united States, General Armstrong, having issued an order in my favour on Messrs. Willink & VanStaphorst of Amsterdam for $.4185.21 1/3 cents—the Nett proceeds of which, as per the Bankers accot. enclosed —being 21,889 francs—or in Livres Fl. 22.162.. ₶ 12. which exceeds the Sum of my three Drafts of the 19th. Decr. last 1 to my own order for $...
12 March 1805, “Rue de Varenne No. 648,” Paris . “The last letters I had the honor of addressing you were relative to the settlement of the late Board’s Accompt and my own as one of the Commissioners. “The object of this is merely to accompany the succeeding Numbers of the Moniteur (which I have continued to forward since the 1st. of September last.) and to say that General Armstrong having...
§ From Isaac Cox Barnet. 19 October 1805, Paris. “I have the honour to transmit to you herewith, a list of the Vessels of the United States which have entered the port of Cherbourg Since the 1st. of January last [not found] and a note furnished me by my Agent there of the State & prospect of the American Trade to that port—to this I have to add the following from his last letter dated on the...