James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Rufus King, 17 May 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Rufus King

17 May 1802, London. No. 67. Reports strong support for the definitive treaty in Parliament despite Lord Grenville’s speech against it. Will send a copy of the debates as soon as published.1 Encloses a copy of the convention and additional articles between Great Britain and Russia,2 together with the acts of accession of Denmark and Sweden. The article concerning trade with the colonies and Lord Grenville’s speech on the Russian convention promote “as free a Trade between the Colonies and the North of Europe as may be carried on between them and the United States.” This is a departure from the present system and may in time eliminate the “discrimination in favour of the direct Trade between the United States and Great Britain sanctioned by the last Treaty between Great Britain and Russia.”3 Also encloses a copy of the law imposing duties upon imports and exports and vessel tonnage. Eaton reports from Tunis that the gifts pleased the bey; Gavino has received the arms prepared by Mortimer and Company.

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