James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Elmslie, Jr., 12 August 1801 (Abstract)

§ From John Elmslie, Jr.

12 August 1801, Cape Town. Reports apparent violation of article 23 of Jay treaty, which allows distressed American vessels sheltering in British ports to sell cargo to defray expenses after receiving government permission. In the case of the Alexander, the East India Company agent imposed restrictions. Requests JM’s opinion. Encloses correspondence on the matter, along with a letter from Blake on a former occasion.

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