James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 1 September 1801 (Abstract)

§ From Sylvanus Bourne

1 September 1801, Amsterdam. Encloses Leiden Gazette with news that Cairo has fallen to the British but Alexandria still holds out. This event should hasten an Anglo-French peace settlement. Murray sails for U.S. within a fortnight. Withdrawal of American minister from the Netherlands may require additional consular powers and instructions; suggests his recommendations of 20 June.1 Recounts personal losses to the amount of $10,000 since entering consular service. Believes stable means of compensation for consuls is needed.

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