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To James Madison from Josef Yznardy, 3 December 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Josef Yznardy

3 December 1804, Cádiz. Encloses a copy of his 19 Nov. dispatch. “The result of the Flag of truce sent to the Division unde⟨r⟩ the Command of Sir John Ord, was sending back the Spanis⟨h⟩ Frigate detain’d under parole not to put to Sea again.”1

“By accounts the English Envoy left Madrid on the 14 ult. Small Vessels with despatches for the Havana, Veracruz &ca. sailed on the 28th. ulto.

“I do not Know what Will become of this Country if war continues, as our Situation is such that I am afraid we will Starve if great supplys of Wheat & flour does not drop in.

“On the 27th. ulto. by order of the King the Governor of this City has order’d to be fixed at the Chamber of Commerce & public Places the inclosed Publication.2

“The fleet off this Harbour has detained Several Spanish Vessels & a number sent to Gibraltar.

“This day has been published an official Letter received from the Spanish Consul at Algiers in which he advises that a number of Armed Shebecks had Sailed to detain & bring in to their Ports all Vessels loaded with Wheat.

“Continual arrivals of Expresses from Madrid, but nothing transpired.”

Adds in a postscript: “Governmt. notes 60%p%.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, CD, Cádiz, vol. 1). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Yznardy; postmarked 6 Feb. at Gloucester, Massachusetts; docketed by Wagner as received 20 Feb. Written on the verso is the duplicate of Yznardy to JM, 19 Nov. 1804. For enclosure, see n. 2.

1For British detention of a Spanish frigate off Cádiz, see Yznardy to JM, 19 Nov. 1804.

2The enclosure is a printed broadside, in Spanish, dated 28 Nov. 1804, announcing an embargo ordered by the king to be laid on all British property, “á semejanza de lo que aquel Gobierno practica ahora con los Españoles” (like the one that that Government now observes with the Spaniards). It further directed anyone who had control of any such British property to appear before the local auditor of war to declare it. On the verso of the enclosure, Yznardy added a postscript: “4th December. War is not Published as yet.”

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