James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jacob Lewis, 2 April 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Jacob Lewis

2 April 1802, London. Reports that he decided to visit Great Britain on his way to Calcutta to take up his post as U.S. consul “as well for obtaining an Exequatur which might render me independant of the Colonial Goverment of Bengal as for making some arrangements in my private & Mercantile affairs.” Applied for his exequatur through the agency of Rufus King on 9 Feb. “On the 30th. of March being the day on which the News of the Conclusion of the peace between Great Britain & France was announced I recd. the Inclosed Communication.… In Consequence of this disapointment I purpose to return without delay to the United States, & Encourage myself to hope that you will extend your kind patronage towards me in some simular situation.”

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