James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Rufus King, 7 March 1801

From Rufus King

No. 6.

London March 7. 1801.

Dear Sir,

Owing to the continuance of the King’s illness, the change of the Ministry is still incomplete,1 and very little business, beyond the ordinary routine, is transacted. It is supposed to be on this account that no measure has been adopted in consequence of the Prussian Note avowing the King’s accession to the Northern Confederacy, the Principles of which, according to every appearance, are to be disputed at the mouths of the Cannon.

The Squadron from Brest has entered the Mediterranean, and is without doubt destined for Egypt, where the English Expedition under Lord Keith and General Abercrombie will have previously arrived. Much and perhaps equal concern exists at Paris and London respecting these Expeditions, as the issue of them must have considerable influence upon the Commencement as well as the conclusion of Negotiations for Peace.

I am assured that our affairs shall be taken into consideration, as soon as the new Cabinet is settled; and I am not without hopes that they may be satisfactorily adjusted.

Having caused it to be understood that we should not consent to pay more than six hundred thousand pounds in lieu of what might be awarded under the sixth article,2 I shall  3 a decision upon this offer. With perfect Respect & Esteem, I have the honour to be, Dear sir, Your obedient & faithful Servt.

Rufus King

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