James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jacob Wagner, 25 September 1801

From Jacob Wagner

25 Septr. 1801

Extract of a letter from Mr. Mountflorence to the Secretary of State, dated Paris 3rd. Augt. 1801.

“The ratifications were exchanged 31st. ult. and Mr. Thomas Appleton* has been entrusted by Mr. Dawson with that of the French Government delivered unto him by Mr. Murray.”

Extract of another letter from the same to the same, dated 6 Augt. 1801.

“Yesterday Mr. Thomas Appleton left this place with the French ratification to embark at Dieppe for Philadelphia.”

Dr. sir

The above extracts appear so important, that I have, with the approbation of the Secretaries of the Treasury and Navy, gone to the expense of an express in order to communicate them. The letters from which they are taken contain nothing further of consequence except the arrival of the Essex frigate at Marseilles on the 29 July, whence she proceeded for Barcelona. I yesterday received a letter from Capt. OBrien dated 22 July,2 which mentions the arrival at Algiers of Commodore Dale and his proceeding after a very short stay towards Tripoli. According to the report of a Capt. arrived at New York from Gibraltar, our trade will probably suffer nothing from the future cruises of the two Tripolitans blockade⟨d⟩ there. I enclose the intelligence in a slip of newspaper.3 With the highest respect, I have the honor, sir, to be Your most obed servt.

Jacob Wagner

Authorial notes

[The following note(s) appeared in the margins or otherwise outside the text flow in the original source, and have been moved here for purposes of the digital edition.]

* This is the name of our Consul for Leghorn. J Wagner1

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