James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Turell Tufts, 21 August 1801 (Abstract)

§ From Turell Tufts

21 August 1801, Paramaribo. States that a newspaper extract of his last letter1 was sent by a British merchant to the person concerned [the port collector at Paramaribo] “in expectation that it would provoke the man to cramp our Intercourse still more.” Extract “caused great irritation [and] produced many threats,” compelling him to deny authorship, but the episode has resulted in better treatment of shipmasters. Thanks JM for his “caution in the manner of making that paragraph known.” Flood of business delays his report on American trade; believes trade is more lucrative at Paramaribo than on any of the British-controlled islands except Martinique. British ships now supply goods formerly brought in by American vessels, leading to oversupply, and British merchants have petitioned governor to restrict U.S. trade to flour, fish, and lumber.2

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