James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 9 October 1801 (Abstract)

§ From Sylvanus Bourne

9 October 1801, Amsterdam. Confirms signing of the peace preliminaries between France and Great Britain; will send terms when available. Refers to his last letter where he mentioned that peace would decrease his consular fees; believes his income will be less than $500 per annum. Had suggested that consul be paid $2,000 per year and consular fees be credited against that sum. Now proposes that consul be allowed $1,000 to $1,500 from the treasury and depend on fees for the remainder, as his previous suggestion would necessitate periodic returns to Treasury Department. Stresses that consul cannot live on less than $2,000 in Amsterdam. Asks that JM’s reply, both original and duplicates, be sent in care of William Taylor of Baltimore.1

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