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I had great pleasure in the execution of the commission you honored me with. Mr Roscoe, besides being an author, is also (what you would hardly suppose) a banker, and happens to be mine. If you do not already know it, I take great pleasure in telling you he is, in all the relations of life, one of the most amicable of men. I am glad to find the alarm for the crops of grain had ceased. How...
I recieved the letter you honored me with of the 21st November, inclosing one for Mr Eccleston, which I forwarded. This Town, so long famed for its immence commerce with the U.S.A., in all probability, is shortly to experience a sad reverse. Last year no less than 489 American ships cleared out at this port with cargoes to an amount far beyond precedent. We have no information later dated than...
Captain Woodhouse takes charge of a small parcel, recieved with a letter which is inclosed. I well remember what you said some years past of the awful times. The corresponding crisis now seems fast approaching: and, altho’ I would fain hope all Europe is not again to be under one sovereign; yet the present prospect looks something like it. The crops of wheet in this country are promising:—in...
I have recieved the letter of 20th July with which you have had the goodness to honor me. The bills shall be accepted whenever they appear. The perusal of this letter affected me exceedingly; and indeed, how could it be otherwise, since it is so flattering a testimony of that friendship you have invariably shewn for me from so early a period & brings to my mind the most pleasing recollections....
From time to time I lately have had the honor of transmitting you the orders in Council relative to Neutrals. In this you have a price Current with the remark that the apprehension of a rupture with the U: S: A: appears rather increasing and has occasioned some advances in several articles of American produce, tho’ none in Cotton. I have the honor to be with perfect respect your Most Servant...
I have the Honor to enclose you a price current for this month, to which I beg leave to refer for the State of this market for imports from the U.S.A. Not having received the Acts passed between the first Session of the fourth & second session of the fifth, between the second Session of the fifth & first Session of the sixth, nor those since the last named Session, of Congress—I pray you will...
I had the honor of writing to you on the 6th. instant, and am truly mortified to inform you that Embargo breakers have continued to arrive. I now count within my district, in the whole, from the commencement of this business by the James, twenty two. Inclosed you have Copies of the reports at this Customhouse of fourteen of them as pr List annexed. As soon as I can obtain the same particulars...
10 November 1802, Liverpool. Since writing his dispatch of 28 Sept. he has received JM’s of 26 Aug. and will conform to its instructions. “I am truly concerned to have occasion again to submit to you the propriety of making known to our ship owners & Merchants the necessity of having such of their vessels as be destined for this Country navigated by a Master & three fourths of the Crew...
I had the honor of writing to you on the 23d. July. At the commencement of the war the prospects were favorable to all articles of the produce of the United States, but the prohibitions of France & Holland to all commercial intercourse with this country, added to the Blockades of the Elbe & Weser continue these markets in a most depressed state. The crops in general throughout the United...
I had the honor of writing to you on the 23d. past. I avail of the first opportunity to inform you that I have this morning received official notice of his Britannic Majesty having judged it expedient to establish the most rigorous Blockade at the entrance of the mouth of the Elbe & to maintain & enforce the Same in the strictest manner according to the Usages of War. I have the Honor to be...
I had the pleasure to write to you on the 21st of July relative to the Tobaccoe you had been so good as consign me, since which I have been favored with your letter of 22d of the same month. I much regret the produce of this consignment falling so considerably short of your expectations. It has had every advantage it could have in waiti[n]g the reguler call of the buyers in the market &...
I have the honor to inclose you the late orders in council which so materially concern our ship-owners, also a price-current. Trade is very dull indeed. I have a letter from Mr. Monroe dated Portsmouth 13th. instant, when he informed me he was embarked and on the point of sailing for the U. S. A. Mr. Rose, the new Envoy from this country, sailed on the 12th. in the Statira frigate. I have the...
18 June 1802, Liverpool. “I had the Honor of presenting you with the State of this market for American produce on the 5th ulto. In this you have the prices of the day for the same, as well as of other articles of import from the United States.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Liverpool, vol. 2). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Maury. Enclosure (1 p.; docketed by Brent) is a printed...
I had this pleasure on the 1st. Instant. In your circular of 1st. August 1800 you have given me ample instructions in respect of foreign vessels purchased here by, or for, our citizens. I now request you will be pleased to give me farther instructions for my conduct in sanctioning the sale of American registered vessels. In these three cases, I presume, I may sanction Vizt. 1st. when purchased...
24 October 1801, Liverpool. Acknowledges receipt of JM’s circular letter of 1 Aug. Will attend to instructions on foreign ships purchased by U.S. citizens. Has never given registers or sea letters to such vessels but has, after seeing satisfactory proof, granted certificates of American ownership. Reports that recent practice of British government when learning of yellow fever outbreaks in...
I had the Honor to write to you on the 25th. Ultimo. since which the alarm of war has occasioned a great press for Seamen. Many of ours, confident, as I s uppose, in the Continuance of peace had not taken the pre caution before leaving home, to be furnished with regular documents of Citizenship, which exposes them to impressment. The purport of this is to submit to you the propriety of giving...
I had the Honor to write to you on the 27th. past. In this I inclose you a price current for our exports with a state of the Imports from, & exports to, the United States for the last six months ending 31 Decr. The exports as heretofore have been almost exclusively confined to our vessels, and indeed the countervailing duty, which it was generally imagined would, after peace, have operated...
I had the honor to write to you on the 10th. Novr. In this I am sorry to inclose you a Copy of a Notice received yesterday from Mr Erving o ur Consul at London. You also have a price Current for the imports from the United States. I expected to have inclosed the returns of our Imports & Exports for the last six months of the last year, but they cannot be ready for this conveyance. They shall...
Previous to Col: Lenox’s coming into o ffice I had, from time to time, disbursed money for American Seamen in cases which the consular Act passed 14th. April 1792 does not warrant, a nd for which I never have received payment. Seeing the power you are with by the Act of 18th. April 1798 I pray you will avail me of that by directing the Agent who May succeed Col: Lenox, or the Minister, to m...
I had the honor of writing to you on the 25th. Ulto. By this mornings post I have information, which I consider correct that Mr. You ng e reached London the 2d instant. I present you a price current & have the honor to be with perfect respect. Your most obedient servant James Maury DNA : RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Liverpool.
22 August 1804, Liverpool. “My last letter was of the 24th past, since which I have had the honor to receive yours of the 2nd of the same month and shall regulate my conduct accordingly. “Herewith I send the particulars of our vessels which have cleared out from this port during the six months ending 30th June past. You also have inclosed a price current; since the date of which a continuance...
28 December 1803, Liverpool. “I had this honor on the 19th: past. The inclosed dispatch from Mr. Monroe has experienced the same accident in the seal as that inclosed in my last letter.” Encloses a price current for American produce in the local market. RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Liverpool, vol. 2). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Maury; docketed by Wagner. Enclosure (2 pp.) is...
During the long interval since the letter I had the Honor to write to you on the 24h. Octr. this market has remained in so unsettled a state that I could not prepare a price current for our produce as heretofore; but I now expect it may soon become fixed. Wheat has continued in regular demand for some months & now is 12/ d 12/6 ⅌ 70 lbs All the markets of this country are overstocked beyond...
It hath lately been notified that, after the 31st of October next, Vessels, being American property, but not the built of America or condemned as prize within the United States, sailing under Sea-letters, shall not be permitted to land cargoes in this C ountry: and I am farther informed, this determination will be invariably adhered to. I have the honor to be With perfect respect Your most ob...
5 July 1803, Liverpool . Wrote last on 1 July . “In your circular of 1st August 1800 you have given me ample instructions in respect of foreign vessels purchased here by, or for, our citizens. I now request you will be pleased to give me farther instructions for my conduct in sanctioning the sale of American registered vessels. In these three cases, I presume, I may sanction Vizt. 1st when...
I had this pleasure on the 25th ulto, since which your draft of $500 in favor of John Davidson has been honored. That of $250 in favor of Mr Appleton shall be treated in like manner whenever presented. These sums added to the balance due me as ⅌ my Account current rendered 25th ulto amount to £247:10:11 for which I have this day drawn on you at sixty days sight in favor of my brother Fontaine...
28 September 1802, Liverpool. Encloses a price current. “Since the peace the Application to me from distress’d American Seamen is greatly increased by the Numbers which have been discharged from the British Navy, and I have endeavoured to relieve the United States of the expences of their support by requesting the Masters of our vessels to take them, agreeably to the law of 14th April 1792,...
7 October 1801, Liverpool. Market stagnation following announcement of peace preliminaries has made it impossible to send a price current. Encloses newspapers. RC ( DLC ). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Maury.
I had the honor of writing to you the 23rd. Ultimo & now inclose the table of the Imports and Exports in our vessels to and from this place for the first six months of this year. Yesterday I received a dispatch from Mr. Monroe for you, which I committed to the special care of Isaac Waite Master of the American Ship Robert Burns, sailed for New York. Being rather pressed for time, very anxious...
I had the honor to write to you on the 17th. September. A while past it was generally expected Cotton would have been much higher by this time and I cannot well account for its being as i t is: however the stocks in this Country now are so much reduced that the Consumers soon must either purchase or greatly curtail this branch o f Manufacture. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your...
20 April 1805, Liverpool. “I had the honor of writing to you on the 14th ulto. Since the date of the inclosed price current [not found] cotton has continued declining, in consequence of the unusually great importations from the United States. You also have the copy of a bill [not found] brought into parliament by a member of Administration, which I expect will pass into a law.” RC ( DNA : RG...
By desire of Mr. Pinkney I have the honor to present you a paper relative to the orders in council. I have the pleasure to inform you that the Hope came to off Falmouth last week. I understand she did not even come to anchor, but, immediately after delivering her dispatches, proceeded to France. The exports of British manufactures this season have been much more considerable than calculated...
I had the honor of writing to you on the 5h. instant, since which I am enabled to give you some particulars as annexed, taken from the report of the runaway schooner, as made at this custom house by the master of her. In conformity to the law of 1803 I demanded of Capt Danels his register, sea letter & Mediterranean Pass. He informed me he had neither. The vessel and cargo was admitted to...
I have the honor to inclose you a Copy of the Protest of Charles Remington, late Master of the American Brigantine Vesta & of William Phillips & Edward Munro, Mariners, stating the capture of this Vessel by the British Privateer Lancashire Witch & the names of the Crew taken out of the Vesta & put on board the said Privateer. I have the honor to be With perfect respect Your Mo Ob Servt. DNA :...
I had the Honor of presenting you with the State of this market for American produce on the 5th. ulto. In this you have the prices of the day for the same, as well as of other articles of import from the United States. With Perfect Respect I have the Honor to be Sir Your most Obedient Servant. The preceding is the full transcription of a document that was previously abstracted in The Papers of...
18 February 1804, Liverpool. “I have been confined many weeks by a most severe Rheumatism, which has rendered me incapable of writing. This is the Reason of my long silence as well on public as private account. I am beginning to recover. The Atlantic is arrived. Accept by [ sic ] best Thanks for your Consignment. Your Draft is honored. I received your letter & the pamphlets ⅌ Mr Cole, for...
5 May 1802, Liverpool. Encloses prices of imported American articles. “The immensely unprecedented Imports of Cotton, and particularly from Georgia, Carolina & the Mississippi, have already reduced the prices of the less valuable sorts.… Grain & flour seem daily on the decline.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Liverpool, vol. 2). RC 1 p.; marked “(duplicate)”; in a clerk’s hand, signed by...
14 September 1802, Liverpool. Has received JM’s letter of 17 June and will “make application in the manner you have been so obliging as to point out.” “Wishing much to have you furnished with the particulars of Imports & Exports as ⅌ your circular of 1st Augst 1801, I applied to the person who has the exclusive privilege of granting such information from this Custom House. He informed me …...
§ From James Maury. 31 January 1806, Liverpool. “I have had the honor to receive your circulars of 1st & 12th July. “I have the Acts of the last session of Congress, but not those of the preceding one; in which is the Act of 27th March. I pray you will be pleased to have orders given for this being sent me. Your instructions on this point & every other contained in these letters are especially...
I had the Honor of presenting you a price current on the 11th past. In this is one also for the present month. I am concerned to observe to you that the annexed vessels have lately been seized in this port for having on board parcels of tobacco with the view of smuggling. Four of them have been restored, two of which paid a fine to the seizing officers. The others remain under seizure, & I...
I had this honor on the 28th. Ulto. By the London news papers, received this day, we learn that, on the 31st. Ulto., the St. Michaels, with two Messengers on board, from the United States, had been spoken off L’Orient by one of his B. Majestys ships of war. I have no information more authentic than this: nevertheless I rather consider it correct. I have the honor to be with great respect your...
§ From James Maury. 30 October 1805, Liverpool. “I had this honor on the 22d. August. The sickness of the Clerk, who assists me in my Consular office, has occasioned a considerable delay in the table of imports & exports for the first six months of this year. I now have the honor to lay it before you, as also a price current for the produce and exports of the United States.” RC ( DNA : RG 59,...
4 May 1804, Liverpool. “It has been long since I have had the Honor of writing to you—owing to a most severe rheumatism, which has rendered it necessary for some months to avoid business as much as I could. “I received your letter of 28th Septr [not found], inclosing Mr G. Duvall’s answer to my request to you of 5th July last for instructions in respect of the sale of American registered...
A Little Schooner under the name of Juliet Capt. Bowen is also arrived from New York with Cotton & Naval Stores. They say she sailed on the 14th. Ulto. I am &c DNA : RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Liverpool.
Since my letter of 28th. September I have had the Honor of yours of 26th. August & shall conform to the Instructions it contains. I am truly concerned to have occasion again to submit to you the propriety of making known to our ship owners & Merchants the necessity of having such of their vessels as be destined for this Country navigated by a Master & three fourths of the Crew American...
I had the honor of writing to you on the 13h. ulto. pr Jamaica for Norfolk, sailed the 27th., a copy of which is inclosed. On the 10th. Instant I received your letters of the 25h. & 26th. Nov:; with the Documents you have been so good as to send me, for which I am much obliged to you. I also received the Packets for Mr. Pinkney, which were forwarded to him & of which he acknowledges the...
24 March 1803, Liverpool. Last wrote on 25 Feb. , since which time “the alarm of war has occasioned a great press for Seamen.” Many Americans, probably confident of a continuation of the peace, do not have certificates of citizenship and are therefore in a position “which exposes them to impressment.” Writes to suggest the propriety of recommending that no American seamen leave home without...
19 November 1803, Liverpool. Wrote last on 5 Sept. Encloses a dispatch from Monroe. “The dispatch … was received yesterday under cover from him, but the Seals of the inclosed & inclosing Letters, as I suppose, from not having been sufficiently cooled, had become as one & in opening my letter, yours was unavoidably torn, which accounts for the Suspicious appearance of it.” Despite the...
I had the honor of writing to you on the 1st. in stant. I now have great pleasure in announcing the ar rival of the Union off Penzance, where she landed Lieutenant G ibbon and then proceeded for France. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your mo: obt. Servt. DNA : RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Liverpool.
§ From James Maury. 4 March 1806, Liverpool. “I had the honor of writing to you on the 31st: January. I have, in part, executed a bond agreeable to your instructions of 1st: July, which is sent to Mr. Christopher Johnston of Baltimore, who, after having the execution compleated by the insertion of the sureties, will forward it to you.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Liverpool, vol. 2). 1 p.; in a...