James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Isaac Cox Barnet, 5 August 1801 (Abstract)

§ From Isaac Cox Barnet1

5 August 1801, Bordeaux. Transmits letters from Murray and Dawson about exchange of ratifications. Hopes enclosed copies of his correspondence on the Burley affair will justify his actions.2 Also sends statement “concerning a momentary difficulty with a Mr. Andrews.” Believes these details will show necessity of defining consular rank, duties, and powers. Is preparing statement of vessels in port since renewal of trade. Number of arrivals is sixty-seven, ten to twelve from European ports in ballast; thirty are now in port. Reports on sailors impressed on the Eagle at Isle of Aix; four escaped by swimming ashore, four drowned, and one is still aboard. Requests for their release have never been answered. But seamen recently taken on British vessels have been released at Mountflorence’s and his request—seven a few days ago—and release has been ordered for those at Saumur. Has just learned that a Mr. Lee is to succeed him. Defends himself against dismissal and insinuates that his background as a native-born American and a “true republican” ought to count in “the scale of preference.” Believes the president has been deceived in the matter and requests a reconsideration of the decision.

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