James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Rufus King, 30 April 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Rufus King

30 April 1802, London. No. 63. Reports ratification of definitive treaty and the proclamation of peace “with the accustomed formalities.” British begin to reduce army and navy, and the “warrants and orders to impress Seamen have been recalled.” Lenox has closed his agency and delivered his papers to Erving, as a special office for the relief of American seamen is now unnecessary.1 Sweden has acceded to the June 1801 convention between Great Britain and Russia;2 the latter considers the system of armed neutrality to be “completely annulled and abandoned; not only as a general code of maritime Law, but even in its more limited meaning of a specific Engagement between Russia and the other Confederates.” Merry rather than Jackson will be Liston’s successor as minister to the U.S.

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