Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Madison, 27 April 1807

Washington Apl. 27. 1807

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 21st. was recd. by the last mail. The passport for Niemcewicz went by the first succeeding opportunity.

Mr. Perry arrived two days ago with the enclosed letter from Genl. Turreau. The request it makes is not very consistent with the understanding which regulated the former compliances; but necessity is pleaded, with assurances that this shall be the last, and that the bills being in the form inclosed will be at shorter sight, and drawn on funds lying at Paris in the name of Beaujoin. I presume it will not be easy or gracious to cancel what has been done by a refusal in this case, however disagreeable such repetitions may be felt. Mr. Gallatin drops you a line on the subject by the present mail.   Several letters are herewith inclosed. That from the Consul at Curaçoa aids in explaining the policy of the B. Govt. in shutting Spanish America agst Oreantal manufacturers passing thro’ our ports. The object in taking possession of that Island is to secure the market to their own trade in those articles. The Document referred to in the letter shews the exports thither from the U.S consisted a good deal of China & India goods mixt with Cargoes of our own produce.   It appears as you will probably see, that on the 22d. of March, the revolution in the British was taking effect; and that Ld. Melville, was to be at the head of the admiralty.

Yrs. with respectful attachment

James Madison

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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