James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Tobias Lear, 25 July 1801 (Abstract)

§ From Tobias Lear

25 July 1801, Cap Français. No. 3. Forwards copy of constitution of Saint-Domingue, just received and not yet published. Reports that Toussaint has not yet returned. American vessels are arriving daily without incident. Explains that he has issued eight passports, which Stevens had given him already signed by Toussaint and British agent, only after making it clear that the U.S. no longer considers itself a party to the Maitland-Toussaint pact because the recent convention with France supersedes that agreement. Believes appearances are still favorable to American commerce.

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