James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Bartholomew Dandridge, 23 July 1801

From Bartholomew Dandridge

Aux Cayes 23d. July 1801.


I have had the honor to inform you1 that I arrived at this place the 8 June, after touching at Cape françois; but lest my Letter should miscarry it may not be amiss to repeat here, that I was received in a very friendly manner by the Genl. in Chief Toussaint, introduced by Dr. Stevens, to whose friendly attention & information I am much indebted. Genl. Toussaint gave me letters to Genl. Dessalines who commands the Western & Southern Departments & who was at this place at that time, in consequence of which I was formally recd. & acknowledged here as the Consul of the UStates. Both the Genl. in Chief and all the officers of Administration seem to be sensible of the importance of a friendly intercourse with the United States, & strongly express a Desire of its continuance. The Duty of 20 pr. Ct. on all Articles exported from hence still exists; the Duty of ten pr Ct. on imports from the U. States, as it respects some articles of primary necessity, is reduced to 6 pr Ct., as you will have seen by a regulation of the Genl. in Chief of the 18 floreal last.2 I have the honor to send herewith for your information, a Tarif of the permanent prices of Articles imported & exported upon which the Duties are estimated. I also send herewith a List (the most correct I could procure) of Vessels of the United States which have been to this Port since the 1 Jany. last. Some of them have been captured on their return home, carry’d to Jamaica or elsewhere & condemn’d. Lately I am inform’d that the schooner Branch, mentioned in the List, is carry’d to New Providence; & the schooner Brutus & ship Wm. Pennock are carry’d to Jamaica by english privateers. I have not heard under what pretence, probably because they had valuable Cargoes. I have just recd. a Letter from Dr. Stevens which expresses a belief that some new arrangement will soon take place respecting the Commerce between this island & the UStates & that our flag will be more respected by the british. I sincerely wish it may be the case. I have also just got a letter from Mr Lear mentioning his arrival on the 4th. inst: at the Cape & his being acknowledged in his official capacity. Every thing is perfectly quiet here—the negroes have been made to return to the plantations to which they formerly belonged & to cultivate them as usual. A very abundant Crop of good Coffee is expected from present appearances. I have the honor to be, with sincere respect & Esteem, Sir, Yr. faithful Servt.

Bew. Dandridge3

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