James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, June 1801

From Sylvanus Bourne

Consular Office of the U States Amsterdam
June 1801.


In the letter which I had lately the honor to address you on the subject of our Consular Establishments,1 was contained a request for some aditional Compensation to our Consuls, especially as an equivalent for the injury they sustain by being considered to have forfeited their Rights & Privileges as Amn. Citizens if happening to reside in a Country at War with Another; it may therefore be proper to solicit the favor of your referring on this point to the memorial & documents accompanying it which I transmitted last fall to your Predeccessor & were by him laid before Govt.2

I received letters from several Members of Congress which gave me to understand that the ill success of the Memorial must in a great degree be attributed to the very unfavorable moment of its presentation; that being towards the end of a short Session & when the public mind was greatly agitated by the question of the Election of President and they advised me to recall the matter at a more convenient period, which I now wish to do under the auspices of your kind patronage & protection—not doubting it wi⟨ll⟩ receive the attention it demands—& I am in sentiments of the greatest respect Yr Obt Servt

S: Bourne

PS. Please let one of your Clerks hand the inclosed to Mr Cranch3 as the contents are of importance.

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