James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas McKean, 11 May 1802

To Thomas McKean

Department of State May 11. 1802


The Minister of his Catholic Majesty, has complained to this Department of an indignity offered to his sovereign during a late riot in Philadelphia, in which besides certain violences committed on a number of Spanish sailors, the flag of a Spanish ship was torn down and destroyed with the most aggravating insults. A copy of his representation on the subject, is herewith enclosed.1 As the transaction is within the cognizance of the State authority, I have to request that you will cause the proper proceedings to be instituted for investigating its merits, and for doing what may be right in the case. I have the honor to be &ca.

James Madison.

Index Entries