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To James Madison from Josef Yznardy, 4 April 1803

From Josef Yznardy, 4 April 1803

Cadiz 4th. April 1803.


I had the honour of writing you the 12th. October ultimo, since when I have been at the Court of Madrid, from which Capital I am just returned.

During my absence, advices has been given to you concerning the Quaranteen laid on American Vessels in this Port, and as Charles Pinckney Esqr. was not at Madrid during my stay there, I obtained not only to shorten the Quaranteen laid on Vessels in the Ports of my District, but also got orders from the Prime Minister to give Prattic to such American Vessels as were lying in Port without Certificates from the Spanish Consuls.

I am actualy soliciting very strongly to gett the Quaranteen to be entirely taken off, and sh⟨ould⟩ I succeed I will do my⟨sel⟩f the honour of informing you thereof.

Since some days ago there has been here str⟨ong⟩ reports of an approaching rupture between England & Fr⟨ance⟩ adding that, our Country would also join the former but things seems to be more pacific, which gives a general pleasure to this Country.

Paper money which was loosing 41% now lo⟨ses⟩ only 28 Cent. Mr. Henry Stonor former Vice Con⟨sul⟩ at the Port of St. Lucar been deceased, & being inform’d a Mr. Thomas Croker was the person to be prefer’d in Employment I have named him & I hope he will fulf⟨ill⟩ his Duty in the honourable manner I expect.

I shall do myself the honour of addressing you, ⟨if⟩ I may conceive any thing worth your attention, mean⟨time⟩ I remain with the most profound Respect, Sir, Your most obt. hble S⟨ervt.⟩

Josef Yznard⟨y⟩

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