James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Ritchie, 19 March 1801 (Abstract)

§ From Robert Ritchie

19 March 1801, Port Républicain. Reports that armed barge from British frigate Circe entered Jacmel harbor and cut moorings of brig Fair American of Philadelphia. Captain and vessel were presumably carried off to Jamaica. Has obtained vessel’s register and will forward copy to U.S. agent at Kingston. Has written to acquaint Toussaint with circumstances and expects him to send complaint to British admiral. Has received report of similar attempt on schooner Venus of Charleston, which was aborted by crew’s defense.

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