James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Seal, Hayes, & Company and Others, 9 January 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Seal, Hayes, & Company and Others

9 January 1802, Wilmington, Delaware. The signatories—merchants and U.S. citizens—inform JM that their brig, Polly and Phebe, Thomas Guyer, master and supercargo, left Wilmington on 27 Oct. with a cargo worth $15,000; the vessel itself was worth $5,000. The captain sold part of the cargo at St. Thomas “for money which he took on board” and proceeded to Jacmel. Soon after leaving that port the brig was captured by a British sloop of war and carried into Jamaica, as described in the enclosed copy of a letter from Guyer. There was no contraband aboard and the ship’s papers were in order; “we cannot conjecture any pretext for the Capture except that suggested by the Captain in his letter, that the Vessel was from Jaquemel.” In a postscript they refer to enclosed copy of Captain Guyer’s letter from St. Thomas, which states that news of peace had arrived there.

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