James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Loughton Smith, 27 March 1801 (Abstract)

§ From William Loughton Smith

27 March 1801, Lisbon. Reports that recent packets from Britain contain no mention of a British plan to aid Portugal. Speculates on reasons for delays in French or Spanish invasion: French may hope Spanish will begin and bear brunt of it, or in the interval Portuguese cabinet may succeed in maneuvering British out of the country without provoking them.

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